ronin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

ronin (plural ronins or ronin)

  1. A masterless samurai (who often becomes a mercenary to make ends meet).
    • 2022 October 24, Elisabeth Vincentelli, “‘Chushingura — 47 Ronin’ Review: A Sprawling Tale of Loyalty”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Back at Asano’s home in Ako, his chancellor, Oishi (Tatsuo Ichikawa), rallies the samurai, now known as ronin because they are without a master, in a campaign to avenge Asano and restore his clan’s honor.
  2. (colloquial, in Japan) A student who has failed the entrance examination for the high school or university of their choice: if the student does not wish to take the exam the following year or is unable to, the student becomes a ronin, assuming full responsibility for their own training and survival.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Japanese 浪人 (rōnin).

Noun[edit]

ronin m (plural ronins or ronin)

  1. (historical) ronin (masterless samurai)