- a member of the hereditary warrior class in feudal Japan.
- a retainer of a daimyo.
Origin of samurai
1720–30; < Japanese, earlier samurafi to serve, equivalent to sa- prefix + morafi watchfully wait (frequentative of mor- to guard)
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- the Japanese warrior caste that provided the administrative and fighting aristocracy from the 11th to the 19th centuries
- a member of this aristocracy
C19: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for samurai
1727, from Japanese samurai "warrior, knight," originally the military retainer of the daimio, variant of saburai, nominal form of sabura(h)u "to be in attendance, to serve."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper