• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Shizoku The Japanese warrior gentry or middle class, formerly called samurai; also, any member of this class.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shizoku The military or two-sworded men of Japan; the gentry, as distinguished on the one hand from the kuwazokŭ or nobles, and on the other from the heimin or common people.
    • n shizoku A member of this class.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shizoku shē-zō′kōō the two-sworded men of Japan, the gentry proper.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Jap. shi-zoku, fr. Chin. ch', chi,) branch, posterity + tsu, kindered, class


In literature:

I wish the whole of the Guards were shizoku.
"The Way of the Gods" by John Luther Long
There may be a Shizoku driving a carriage or earning a living by selling trifles.
"A Fantasy of Far Japan" by Baron Kencho Suyematsu