in feudal Japan, a samurai who lost his lord and was forced to wander, often living as a bandit
Origin of roninJapanese
nounpl. ronin, or ro·nins
A samurai who is not in the service of a feudal lord.
Origin of roninJapanese rōnin from Early Middle Chinese laŋ` &jnlig;in vagabond ( also the source of Mandarin l`ngrén ) laŋ` a wave, reckless, dissolute &jnlig;in person
Japanese æµªäºº (ã‚ã†ã«ã‚“rÅnin), from Middle Chinese æµª (lang "wave", by extension "adrift") + äºº (nyin "person").