Banzai definition

bän-zī
A Japanese battle cry or patriotic cheer.
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Used as a Japanese greeting, cheer, and battle cry.
interjection
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Thrill-seeking; wild.
adjective
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A cry or cheer of enthusiasm, or to celebrate victory.
interjection
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Origin of banzai

  • Japanese (may you live) ten thousand years! from Middle Chinese ʋaːn`` syaj` (also the source of Mandarin wànsuì) ʋaːn`` ten thousand syaj` year

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 万歳 (ばんざい banzai), from Middle Chinese 萬歲 (mjòn-sjwèi), from Old Chinese 萬歲 (*mans s-qʷʰats "10,000 years [of life]", i.e. "immortality"), from 萬 ("10,000") + 歲 ("Jupiter", "year") (compare Mandarin wànsùi 万岁).

    From Wiktionary