kamikaze definition by Webster's New World
- of or pertaining to a suicidal attack by a Japanese airplane pilot in WWII
- Informal very reckless, suicidal, etc.
Origin: Japanese literally , divine wind ; from kami, god plush kaze, the wind
- the pilot or airplane in a kamikaze attack
- Informal a person who acts recklessly
kamikaze definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A Japanese pilot trained in World War II to make a suicidal crash attack, especially upon a ship.
- An airplane loaded with explosives to be piloted in a suicide attack.
- Slang An extremely reckless person who seems to court death.
- Of or relating to a suicidal air attack: a kamikaze mission.
- Slang So reckless in behavior or actions as to be suicidal: kamikaze hot rodders.
Origin: Japanese, divine wind (from the legendary name of a typhoon that in 1281 saved Japan by destroying the Mongol navy) : kami, divine + kaze, wind.
kamikaze - Cultural Definition
Japanese fighter pilots in World War II, trained to make suicide crashes into Allied ships.