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Meaning of SAMURAI

Pronunciation:  'samû`rI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  feudal Japanese military aristocracy
  2. [n]  a Japanese warrior who was a member of the feudal military aristocracy

SAMURAI is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: aristocracy, nobility, samurai, samurai, warrior



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sa"mu*rai`\, n. pl. & sing. [Jap.]
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.

Computing Dictionary

A hacker who hires out for legal cracking jobs, snooping for factions in corporate political fights, lawyers pursuing privacy-rights and First Amendment cases, and other parties with legitimate reasons to need an electronic locksmith. In 1991, mainstream media reported the existence of a loose-knit culture of samurai that meets electronically on BBS systems, mostly bright teenagers with personal micros; they have modelled themselves explicitly on the historical samurai of Japan and on the "net cowboys" of William Gibson's cyberpunk novels. Those interviewed claim to adhere to a rigid ethic of loyalty to their employers and to disdain the vandalism and theft practiced by criminal crackers as beneath them and contrary to the hacker ethic; some quote Miyamoto Musashi's "Book of Five Rings", a classic of historical samurai doctrine, in support of these principles.

See also stupids, social engineering, cracker, hacker ethic, and dark-side hacker.

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or dreaming that you are a samurai, symbolizes honor and duty. You need to work on your issues with commitment.