plural ronin also ronins
: a vagrant samurai without a master
: a Japanese student who has failed a college entrance examination and is studying to take it again

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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