- 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, 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).