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The Ronin have no master - The most famous are the 47 ronin created after their Lord committed suicide. This term was not exactly a positive title for the Samurai of ancient Japan. However, in recent years, movies and video games have glorified the term Ronin.
In Chinese, this term has the original meaning of a hobo, vagabond or ruffian.
In Korean Hanja, these characters would be read as adventurer, wanderer, someone without a steady job, or someone who is wasting away time.
In modern Japan, this term is used as a nickname for a high school student who has failed a college entry exam (and is trying again).
In Chinese and Korean, the Japanese definition of "Masterless Samurai" is known because of the historical context, even in Japanese, the literal translation is closer to the Chinese and Korean definitions shown above.
This will make a fine wall scroll if you are a fan of the Ronin, or see yourself as a Ronin of sorts. However, please think twice before getting a Ronin tattoo!
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your ronin symbol search...
|Character Images||Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
|浪人|| làng rén / lang4 ren2
rounin / ronin ろうにん
| vagrant; unemployed person; rōnin (wandering masterless samurai)
(n,vs,adj-no) (1) ronin; wandering samurai without a master to serve; (2) out of work; (3) waiting for another chance to enter a university; Rounin (given name)
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Ronin / Masterless Samurai
|浪士|| roushi / roshi ろうし
|| ronin; lordless samurai
|牢人|| rounin / ronin ろうにん
|| (n,vs,adj-no) ronin; wandering samurai without a master to serve
|ろにん|| ronin ろにん
|| (ik) (1) ronin; wandering samurai without a master to serve; (2) out of work; (3) waiting for another chance to enter a university
|予備校|| yobikou / yobiko よびこう
|| prep school (ronin year);
|忠臣蔵|| chuushingura / chushingura ちゅうしんぐら
|| performance or narrative based on the story of the Forty-seven Ronin (esp. the Kanadehon Chushingura, an epic puppet play first performed in 1748); Chuushingura (personal name)
|四十七士|| shijuushichishi / shijushichishi しじゅうしちし
|| The 47 Ronin;
|赤穂浪士|| akouroushi / akoroshi あこうろうし
|| 47 Ronin; Ako Roshi
|赤穂義士|| akougishi / akogishi あこうぎし
|| The 47 Ronin; Akou Gishi (person)
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