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daimyo

or dai·mio

[dahy-myaw]
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noun, plural dai·myo, dai·myos. Japanese History.
  1. one of the great feudal lords who were vassals of the shogun.

Origin of daimyo

1830–40; < Japanese, equivalent to dai big, great (< Chinese) + myō name (< Chin)
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Examples from the Web for daimio

Historical Examples

  • The wind blew the fine dust in the noses and eyes of the Daimio and his nobles.

    Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880

    Various

  • The Daimio of Arima arrived this morning at dawn and confirmed the news of the messengers.

    The Usurper

    Judith Gautier

  • "Certainly, appearances are deceptive," said the Daimio to himself.

  • In his imagination he pictured this house like a daimio's palace.

  • It is large, and the inside is as beautiful as a great Daimio's palace.


British Dictionary definitions for daimio

daimyo

daimio

noun plural -myo, -myos, -mio or -mios
  1. (in Japan) one of the territorial magnates who dominated much of the country from about the 11th to the 19th century

Word Origin

from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese d`âi miäng great name
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Word Origin and History for daimio

daimyo

also daimio, former title of the chief nobles of Japan, 1839, from Japanese, literally "big name," from Chinese dai "great" + mio, myo "name."

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