Meaning of ronin in English:

ronin

Pronunciation /ˈrəʊnɪn/

nounronin, ronins

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Warriors, ronins, mercenaries, all members of the enemy's army surprise attacked.’
    • ‘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’).’

Origin

Japanese.