Definition of hatamoto in US English:

hatamoto

noun

  • In feudal Japan: a military retainer or samurai in the service of a shogun.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Scheuchzer (1702–1729), physician and naturalist. From Japanese hatamoto retainer of a shogun or daimyo, specific use of hatamoto one of the officers defending the flag in battle from hata flag, banner + moto base.

Pronunciation

hatamoto

/ˌhatəˈməʊtəʊ/