from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Japan, the common people, as distinguished from the nobility.


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  • They belong to the samurai class, and, doubtless, their naturally superior position weighs with the heimin.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • The ceremony did not correspond with the rules laid down for marriages in the books of etiquette that I have seen, but this is accounted for by the fact that they were for persons of the samurai class, while this bride and bridegroom, though the children of well-to-do merchants, belong to the heimin.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • As he entered he had seen them lead away a _heimin_ (commoner) who had undergone the punishment.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • The daimyo ruled their territories by the power of the sword; and any samurai could slay at will any heimin (commoner).

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  • There were no exchanges of civilities, as upon meeting _heimin_; a Japanese of the better class would as soon think of taking off his hat to a

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • The faces I saw seemed much like the faces of the _heimin_, except that I fancied the ugly ones were uglier, making the pretty ones appear more pretty by contrast.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • Thither we went, and were as nicely received as in a _heimin_ residence.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • A large public bath-house and a public laundry bore evidence that the _yama-no-mono_ liked clean linen as well as their _heimin_ neighbors on the other side of the hill.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • Youths, who might in another era have aspired to offices of State, had become the trusted servants of Oki heimin.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • Of the four great classes of the nation -- Samurai, Farmers, Artizans, and Merchants (the Shi-No-Ko-Sho, as they were briefly called, after the initial characters of the Chinese terms used to designate them) -- the last three were counted together under the general appellation of Heimin, "common folk." ll heimin were subject to the samurai; any samurai being privileged to kill the heimin showing him disrespect.

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