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banzai

[bahn-zahy, bahn-; Japanese bahn-dzah-ee] /bɑnˈzaɪ, ˈbɑn-; Japanese ˈbɑnˈdzɑ i/
interjection
1.
(used as a Japanese patriotic cry or joyous shout.)
2.
(used as a Japanese battle cry.)
adjective
3.
leading to likely or inevitable death; suicidal:
a banzai attack by Japanese troops in the last days of World War II.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Japanese, equivalent to ban ten thousand + -zai, combining form of sai years of age (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese wàn-suì, Korean manse)
Can be confused
banzai, bonsai.
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  • Then the enemy launched two banzai attacks, each announced with a bugle call.
British Dictionary definitions for banzai

banzai

/ˈbɑːnzaɪ; bɑːnˈzaɪ/
interjection
1.
a patriotic cheer, battle cry, or salutation
Word Origin
Japanese: literally, (may you live for) ten thousand years
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Word Origin and History for banzai

Japanese war-cry, 1893, literally "(may you live) ten thousand years," originally a greeting addressed to the emperor, from ban "ten thousand" + sai "year."

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