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Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. Originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany persons in the upper ranks of society. Over time, powerful samurai clans became warrior nobility, or "buke", who were only nominally under the court aristocracy. When the samurai began to adopt aristocratic pastimes like calligraphy, poetry and music, some court aristocrats in turn began to adopt samurai customs.