from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Japanese battle cry or patriotic cheer.
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- adj. Thrill-seeking; wild.
- interj. A cry or cheer of enthusiasm, or to celebrate victory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. Lit., May you live ten thousand years; -- used in salutation of the emperor and as a battle cry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Japan, a shout of patriotic joy or encouragement: somewhat like the English hurrah. Often used, in English books, as a noun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph
At Grand Rounds one morning, he showed us slide after slide of his success stories, post-op patients in what he called the banzai position: arms raised high, standing on one leg.
Now from Guadalcanal and out to the jungle islands and so on, the Japanese military doctrine was destruction of the enemy at the water's edge, and the tactic they used was what we call the banzai charge.
So he will go for the maximum demands bare-headed — what a commenter prevously called a banzai charge.
"There is a sport called banzai skydiving," he says.
Originally, Kring wanted to use the word 'banzai', but Masi lobbied against it for its war-like connotations, and 'yatta' was selected.
On this latter occasion the ministers are said to have "uttered reiterated cries of 'banzai'" *, which has come into vogue once more in modern times as the equivalent of "hurrah."
When the Japs pulled one of their so-called banzai charges, we’d just sit there and mow ’em down.
In one scene which has Korean board goers particularly riled, Hetalia's Korea says to Japan (both are male): "Let me touch your breasts", after which Korea grabs the chest of Japan, screaming "banzai".
Monday morning news broadcasts ran nonstop coverage of the election blowout, with winning politicians leading their supporters in cheers of "banzai" and solemn shots of grim-faced lawmakers that had been ousted.
Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker Sadakazu Tanigaki (top 6th L) raises his hands with his parliamentarians as he shouts "banzai" (cheers) after he was elected head of the LDP at the party headquarters in politics, for the recent change of government was aimed at transforming Japan's