sam·​u·​rai | \ ˈsa-mə-ˌrī How to pronounce samurai (audio) , 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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Among them was a piece of an 18th-century samurai sword. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 The book suffers from some infelicities: Alexander the Great is shown with two blue eyes, though he is said to have had one blue and one hazel, like David Bowie ; also, the samurai Tomoe Gozen fought a horde of attackers, not a hoard. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Clickety-Clackety Abracadabra!," 3 Aug. 2018 Last night, the celebrated designer enjoyed his first solo exhibition in over a decade; a showcase of his wide-ranging works that included cloisonné enamel armchairs, unweaponized samurai swords with lacquered sheaths, and vibrant Murrina desks. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hot Seat: Designer Marc Newson Is Celebrated With a Gagosian Gallery Show," 19 Jan. 2019 Produced using the same methods that craft traditional samurai swords, these ultra-precise knives deliver unmatched quality and stability. Popular Mechanics, "These Precise Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Must-Have," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of samurai

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a member of a Japanese military class in the past

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