An example of a ninja is Hattori Hanzo of Japan, a samurai who lived from 1542 to 1596, whose descendants published ninjutsu manuals.
Other Word Forms
Origin of ninja
- Japanese nin to endure (from Early Middle Chinese ɲin’) (also the source of Mandarin rěn) sha person (from Middle Chinese tʂia´ pronoun for head of a relative clause) (also the source of Mandarin zhě)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition