noun \ˌkä-mi-ˈkä-zē\

: one of a group of Japanese pilots in World War II who were assigned to crash their planes into their targets

Full Definition of KAMIKAZE

:  a member of a Japanese air attack corps in World War II assigned to make a suicidal crash on a target (as a ship)
:  an airplane containing explosives to be flown in a suicide crash on a target

Origin of KAMIKAZE

Japanese, literally, divine wind
First Known Use: 1945

Rhymes with KAMIKAZE



Definition of KAMIKAZE

:  of, relating to, or resembling a kamikaze
:  having or showing reckless disregard for safety or personal welfare

Examples of KAMIKAZE

  1. <a bike messenger who regularly cuts across busy city streets with a kamikaze boldness>

First Known Use of KAMIKAZE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the Japanese pilots in World War II who made deliberate suicidal crashes into enemy targets, usually ships. The word means “divine wind,” a reference to a typhoon that dispersed a Mongol invasion fleet threatening Japan from the west in 1281. The practice was most prevalent in the final year of the war. Most kamikaze planes were ordinary fighter aircraft or light bombers, usually loaded with bombs or extra gasoline tanks before their suicidal dive. Such attacks sank 34 ships and damaged hundreds of others; at Okinawa they inflicted the greatest losses ever suffered by the U.S. Navy in a single battle, killing almost 5,000 men. See also Zero.


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