Definition of ronin in English:



  • (in feudal Japan) a wandering samurai who had no lord or master.

    • ‘The forty-seven samurai of Asano's bodyguard, now reduced to the status of ronin, or masterless samurai, decided that their code of honour demanded revenge.’
    • ‘In 1614 Hideyori fortified himself inside Osaka castle with over 100,000 troops, many of whom were ronin, dispossessed samurai whose masters had perished in battle.’
    • ‘Warriors, ronins, mercenaries, all members of the enemy's army surprise attacked.’
    • ‘Many of these outlaws were ronin - masterless samurai warriors.’
    • ‘Shirai did teach swordsmanship in Okayama, but he was never officially registered as an Okayama samurai and he remained a ronin (masterless samurai) throughout his life.’
    • ‘Having abandoned Tosa, he was a ronin, an outlaw samurai a status which at once aided and confounded him…’
    • ‘The ronin's distant past explores the conflict between an honorable samurai heritage and the financial worries of masterless ronin.’
    • ‘The second, Jin, is a laconic and enigmatic ronin, a disgraced and masterless samurai who travels the land for reasons unknown.’
    • ‘With the great peace, came the unemployed warrior or ronin (literally ‘wave man’).’