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ronin

[roh-nin] /ˈroʊ nɪn/
noun, plural ronin, ronins. Japanese History
1.
a samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.
Origin
< Japanese rōnin literally, ‘wave man’ (understood as ‘a man tossed around like a wave’)
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ronin

/ˈrəʊnɪn/
noun (Japanese history)
1.
a lordless samurai, esp one whose feudal lord had been deprived of his territory
2.
such samurai collectively
Word Origin
Japanese
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Word Origin and History for ronin
n.

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

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