from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Japanese feudal military aristocracy.
- n. A professional warrior belonging to this class.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In feudal Japan, a soldier of noble birth who followed the code of bushido and served a daimyo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- In the former feudal system of Japan, the class or a member of the class, of military retainers of the daimios, constituting the gentry or lesser nobility. They possessed power of life and death over the commoners, and wore two swords as their distinguishing mark. Their special rights and privileges were abolished with the fall of feudalism in 1871. They were referred to as “a cross between a knight and a gentleman”.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The military class of Japan during the continuance of the feudal system there, including both daimios, or territorial nobles, and their vassals or military retainers, but more particularly the latter, or one of them; a military retainer of a daimio; a two-sworded man, or two-sworded men collectively. The samurai were both the soldiers and the scholars of Japan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Japanese warrior who was a member of the feudal military aristocracy
- n. feudal Japanese military aristocracy
It's amazing that with such a large cast, not just of the title samurai but of the farmers they are defending as well, the actors and Kurosawa develop so many distinct and worthy portraits.
And the badge of their rank was the two-handed saber -- what we call the samurai sword, but that's the modified one.
Update: Peter Shapinsky’s comment about the users of violence and the relative flexibility of the term samurai are also interesting.
Seriously, if you like superheroes the leap to samurai is not such a huge one, and not to be all ‘men can only read manly comics’ but this is an extremely manly comic.
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