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

Examples of samurai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eno’s futuristic synthwork tango on the edge of a samurai sword. Ron Hart, SPIN, 25 Apr. 2022 Chris Heward: My character was killed with a samurai sword. CBS News, 23 Apr. 2022 And the highway car chase in which Morpheus uses a samurai sword to destroy a moving car was a high point in the history of Hollywood action sequences. Adario Strange, Quartz, 26 Mar. 2022 While one game in the collection hinges on death and the afterlife in a slightly morose way, and another includes black-and-white, small-sprite samurai combat (and is awesome), this content is fine for anyone 12 and up. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2022 Villeneuve has compared Idaho to a samurai in interviews with EW, and Struthers says the parallel was intentional. Christian Holub,, 11 Jan. 2022 The image shows the Ukrainian ambassador to Japan dressed in a samurai outfit. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Director Jean-Pierre Melville used samurai films and specifically the archetype of the ronin in constructing the film’s story and visual language. Tres Dean, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Stan Sakai's legendary comic series Usagi Yojimbo has been telling the tale of a masterless samurai rabbit since 1984. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of samurai

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Samurai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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