UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsæmuəraɪ/, /ˈsæmjuəraɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈsæmʊˌraɪ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(samŏŏ rī′)

Inflections of 'samurai' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": samurai

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sam•u•rai /ˈsæmʊˌraɪ/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -rai. (in feudal Japan)
  1. World Historya member of the warrior class.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sam•u•rai  (samŏŏ rī′),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -rai. [Japanese Hist.]
  1. World Historya member of the hereditary warrior class in feudal Japan.
  2. World Historya retainer of a daimyo.
  • Japanese, earlier samurafi to serve, equivalent. to sa- prefix + morafi watchfully wait (frequentative of mor- to guard)
  • 1720–30

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
samurai /ˈsæmʊˌraɪ ˈsæmjʊ-/ n ( pl -rai)
  1. the Japanese warrior caste that provided the administrative and fighting aristocracy from the 11th to the 19th centuries
  2. a member of this aristocracy
Etymology: 19th Century: from Japanese
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