sam·​u·​rai | \ˈsa-mə-ˌrī, ˈsam-yə-\
plural samurai

Definition of samurai 

1 : a military retainer of a Japanese daimyo practicing the code of conduct of Bushido

2 : the warrior aristocracy of Japan

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This video shows a battle between samurai with jet packs. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics Behind a Fake Flying Samurai Battle," 3 Apr. 2018 First, when the Meiji Restoration ended the samurai system. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 The rest of that overlap period mostly included Nintendo's publication of third-party pickups, including Street Fighter Alpha 2, Space Invaders, Arkanoid, and a Donald Duck samurai game. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarioWare Gold: A fine example of Nintendo’s weird “end of life” history," 3 Aug. 2018 One involves a young Japanese-American playmate who owned a samurai doll that was kept in a glass case. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018 There are vikings, samurai, ancient statues of mystery—and also a four-person golf kart, the first real vehicle in the game's history. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Fortnite Season 5 Is Here, and the Rest of the Week in Games," 13 July 2018 The movie, which tells the story of seven samurai for hire who are paid to defend a small farming village in rural Japan, is an epic of romance, conflict, and high-powered fight sequences., "Memorial Day fireworks, Sail Philadelphia, Devon Horse Show, and other events in Philadelphia, May 25-June 1," 24 May 2018 Japanese smiths forging blades for the samurai developed a masterful technique to create light, deadly sharp blades. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Westworld was still able to get away wit broad clichés, like the defeated samurai committing seppuku and the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Fuji, because the idea is that this whole plotline was cooked up by Lee Sizemore, hack supreme. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Westworld: From Cradle to Grave," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of samurai

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of samurai

: a member of a Japanese military class in the past

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