Definition of hara-kiri noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhærə ˈkɪri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌherə ˈkeri//
[uncountable] (from Japanese)
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an act of killing yourself by cutting open your stomach with a sword, performed especially by the samurai in Japan in the past, to avoid losing honour Word Originmid 19th cent.: colloquial Japanese, from hara ‘belly’ + kiri ‘cutting’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hara-kiri