Meaning of banzai

ban•zai

Pronunciation: (bän-zī', bän'- Japn. bän'dzä'ē), [key]
— interj.
  1. (used as a Japanese patriotic cry or joyous shout.)
  2. (used as a Japanese battle cry.)
—adj.
  1. leading to likely or inevitable death; suicidal: a banzai attack by Japanese troops in the last days of World War II.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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