Simple Definition of kamikaze
: 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
1 : a member of a Japanese air attack corps in World War II assigned to make a suicidal crash on a target (as a ship)
2 : an airplane containing explosives to be flown in a suicide crash on a target
Did You Know?
In 1274 and 1281 Kublai Khan, the Mongol emperor of China, sent out great fleets to conquer Japan. Providential storms dispersed the fleets on both occasions and reinforced the Japanese belief that their gods would forever protect them. To the Japanese this salvation was kamikaze, “divine wind.” In World War II Japanese pilots who were willing to give up their lives to help save their country by destroying American ships were the members of a special corps named kamikaze after the storm that had saved Japan seven centuries earlier.
Origin and Etymology of kamikaze
Japanese, literally, divine wind
First Known Use: 1945
Definition of kamikaze
1 : of, relating to, or resembling a kamikaze
2 : having or showing reckless disregard for safety or personal welfare
Examples of kamikaze in a sentence
<a bike messenger who regularly cuts across busy city streets with a kamikaze boldness>
First Known Use of kamikaze
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