Definition of bushido in US English:



  • The code of honor and morals developed by the Japanese samurai.

    • ‘The notion that the samurai's bushido represents a moral or social principle to live by is more than dubious.’
    • ‘The military version of bushido was seen as a distortion of samurai ethics by some of the upper class who resented the commoner military.’
    • ‘Hara kiri developed as an integral part of the code of bushido and the discipline of the samurai warrior class.’
    • ‘It's set in 1865, the year regarded as the last hurrah for bushido, the samurai code (Japan was on the verge of leaving its self-imposed isolation).’
    • ‘As well as fighting, he immersed himself in the samurai's code of bushido, also known as the way of the warrior.’


Japanese, from bushi ‘samurai’ + dō ‘way’.