ronin

noun

ro·​nin
ˈrōnin
plural ronin also ronins
1
: a vagrant samurai without a master
2
: a Japanese student who has failed a college entrance examination and is studying to take it again

Word History

Etymology

Japanese rōnin

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ronin was in 1863

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“Ronin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ronin. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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