- in feudal Japan, a member of a military class, consisting of the retainers of the daimyos: a samurai wore two swords and lived by the code of Bushido
- later, used in English to designate a Japanese army officer or member of the military caste
Origin of samuraiJpn, variant, variety of saburai, nominal form of sabura(h)u, to be in attendance, to serve
nounpl. samurai samurai or sam·u·rais
- The Japanese feudal military aristocracy.
- A professional warrior belonging to this class.
Origin of samuraiJapanese, warrior, from Old Japanese samurafi : sa-, pref. of unknown meaning + morafi, to watch, frequentative of mor-, to guard.
(plural samurai or samurais)
From Japanese ä¾ (ã•ã‚€ã‚‰ã„, samurai).