from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the two classes of modern Japanese nobility, corresponding to the old territorial nobility.


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  • Kutani ware Nipponese Kempeitai kuzushi Nipponese, adj. kwaiken Nipponian, adj. sub kwazoku Nipponism sub kyogen nipponize, vb. sub kyoto, adj.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1 1982

  • 16 This is a fine example of a samurai kaimyo The kaimyo of kwazoku or samurai are different from those of humbler dead; and a Japanese, by a single glance at an ihai, can tell at once to what class of society the deceased belonged, by the Buddhist words used.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series Lafcadio Hearn 1877


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