ronin

noun
ro·​nin | \ ˈrōnin \
plural ronin also ronins

Definition of ronin

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

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First Known Use of ronin

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ronin

Japanese rōnin

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“Ronin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ronin. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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