|1.||(in World War II) one of a group of Japanese pilots who performed suicidal missions by crashing their aircraft, loaded with explosives, into an enemy target, esp a ship|
|2.||an aircraft used for such a mission|
|3.||(modifier) (of an action) undertaken or (of a person) undertaking an action in the knowledge that it will result in the death of the person performing it in order that maximum damage may be inflicted on an enemy: a kamikaze attack; a kamikaze bomber|
|4.||(modifier) extremely foolhardy and possibly self-defeating: kamikaze pricing|
|[C20: from Japanese, from kami divine + kaze wind, referring to the winds that, according to Japanese tradition, destroyed a Mongol invasion fleet in 1281]|
Japanese fighter pilots in World War II, trained to make suicide crashes into Allied ships.