from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Japanese pilot trained in World War II to make a suicidal crash attack, especially upon a ship.
  • n. An airplane loaded with explosives to be piloted in a suicide attack.
  • n. Slang An extremely reckless person who seems to court death.
  • adj. Of or relating to a suicidal air attack: a kamikaze mission.
  • adj. Slang So reckless in behavior or actions as to be suicidal: kamikaze hot rodders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An attack requiring the suicide of the one carrying it out, especially when done with an aircraft.
  • n. One who makes an attack requiring his suicide, especially when done with an aircraft.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II
  • n. a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash


Japanese, divine wind (from the legendary name of a typhoon that in 1281 saved Japan by destroying the Mongol navy) : kami, divine + kaze, wind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 神風 (かみかぜ (kamikaze, "divine wind")). (Wiktionary)



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