interj. (1893) Mil. [J < ban- 万 ten thousand + comb. form of sai 岁 year(s of life to you) < MChin – the equiv. of ‘three cheers’ (imitative of the Western triple cheer to celebrate a happy occasion)] A shout or cheer used as a battle cry or to greet the emperor.
banzai attack/charge/party
n. (W10 1893) Mil. [Reborr. as n.] (Same meanings as for banzai, interj.); also, all-out effort, as in drag racing (1976 in RHHDAS).
(Cannon, Garland. 1996. The Japanese Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary.)


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