[ sam-oo-rahy ]
/ ˈsæm ʊˌraɪ /

noun, plural sam·u·rai. Japanese History.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈsæmʊˌraɪ, ˈsæmjʊ-) /

noun plural -rai

the Japanese warrior caste that provided the administrative and fighting aristocracy from the 11th to the 19th centuries
a member of this aristocracy

Word Origin for samurai

C19: from Japanese
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