ronin

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Etymology[edit]

Japanese 浪人 (ろうにんrōnin), from Middle Chinese (lang "wave", by extension "adrift") + (nyin "person").

Noun[edit]

ronin (plural ronin)

  1. A masterless samurai.
  2. (colloquial, Japan) A student who has failed the entrance examination for the high school or university of their choice and spends the next year studying to retake the exam.

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