ban·​zai | \ (ˌ)bän-ˈzī How to pronounce banzai (audio) , ˈbän-ˌzī \

Definition of banzai

: a Japanese cheer or war cry

Examples of banzai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ultimate learn-by-doing experience might be a lesson from Japanese parachutist Yasuhiro Kubo, who holds the world record in the activity's banzai category. Dan Koeppel, Popular Mechanics, "Taking a Fall: The 120-MPH, 35,000 Feet, 3-Minutes-To-Impact Survival Guide," 14 Feb. 2021 Leave the banzai racing to Daron Rahlves (who’s damned good at it). Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Women’s hockey champions won these Olympics," 24 Feb. 2018 Here, the Marines got their first grim taste of jungle fighting and the fury of mass banzai charges until the Leathernecks were relieved by Army troops. Brian Albrecht,, "Battle for Guadalcanal launched American path to World War II victory in Pacific," 28 July 2017 At dawn on July 7, 1944, more than 4,000 Japanese launched a banzai attack against the division’s 105th Infantry Regiment. Washington Post, "New book on bloody WWII battle inspired by NY veteran," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of banzai

1892, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Banzai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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