Pahlavāni, knighthood, and samuraily may be different in forms of cultural output, but all three are inherently from the same historical essence.

Pahlavāni (پهلوانی) is a Persian word. In its historical context, It means the same as knighthood, i.e. knightly traditions. Now by which word can I refer to the knightly traditions of the samurai class? Is the word "samuraily" possible grammatically and etymologically?

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    No, you just use the term samurai. Samurai traditions/class etc.
    – Gio
    Mar 21, 2023 at 13:58
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    Samurai is Japanese. Also, beware of cultural output with an s. Sounds foreign. Why are you mixing Persian and Japanese concepts??
    – Lambie
    Mar 21, 2023 at 14:40
  • Because all three are inherently from the same historical essence. :) Heraldry drew me to the conclusion: Nishan (نشان), Arms, and mon (紋) are the same.
    – user64617
    Mar 21, 2023 at 14:59

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You can tell "samuraily" isn't a thing because the first link you find googling it is this page :). The best term is the way of the samurai: a familiar phrase, and one based directly on the Japanese term for it: 武士道 (bushido, or samurai way).

  • Why not just "bushido"? It is common enough in English that many English dictionaries include it (often, though not always, capitalized). Apr 14, 2023 at 21:47
  • There are often multiple ways to solve a problem. I expect when I say "bushido" for people to say "What's that?" but it's certainly not wrong.
    – Maverick
    Apr 17, 2023 at 13:57

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