Definition of samurai
1 : a military retainer of a Japanese daimyo practicing the code of conduct of Bushido
2 : the warrior aristocracy of Japan
Recent Examples of samurai from the Web
Things get creepier when Mensa enlists several scantily clad models with samurai swords and masks as his dates.
Inamoto pointed to his Japanese heritage and interest in the samurai as reasons for his hockey success.
Theft, Ashland Drive: Three samurai swords were stolen between 2-4 p.m. May 17 from a house.
The company, known as Samurai Age, creates samurai body armor for pets.
Research has shown that pesticides are only a short-term solution and will kill other beneficial insects, including the samurai wasp.
Strategy's the star in God of War, Gordon Chan's historical action film about a Ming Dynasty commander intent on beating a superior force of pirates led by Japanese samurai.
Zhao is General Qi, who with Hung's General Yu has been mounting a siege on a compound held by an odd coalition: A group of elite Japanese warriors commands an unruly bunch of ronin, masterless samurai who in this case are more loutish than usual.
A villager weighs his samurai dreams against his family's artisan heritage in Yoshinari Nishikori's period drama.
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Origin and Etymology of samurai
First Known Use: 1727See Words from the same year
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Definition of samurai for English Language Learners
: a member of a Japanese military class in the past
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