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[roh-nin] /ˈroʊ nɪn/
noun, plural ronin, ronins. Japanese History.
a samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.
Origin of ronin
From the Japanese word rōnin literally, ‘wave man’ (understood as ‘a man tossed around like a wave’) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ronin
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  • Thus the forty-seven ronin were pre-eminently "righteous" when they debauched themselves with every swinish vice.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • Born about 1680 he, by birth a Samurai, became a ronin, and entered the studio of Kiyonobu.

    Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
  • And the reason she built the temple was that she might pray for the soul of the ronin whom the sight of her beauty had ruined.

  • We should have the story of the Forty-seven ronin, not a Japanese stage version, but a work from the source-material.

British Dictionary definitions for ronin


noun (Japanese history)
a lordless samurai, esp one whose feudal lord had been deprived of his territory
such samurai collectively
Word Origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ronin

"masterless man, outcast, outlaw," 1871, from Japanese, from ro "wave" + nin "man."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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