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[gen-roh, gen-roh]
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noun, plural gen·ro.
  1. any of the unofficial elder statesmen of Japan who influenced the government c1875–1940.

Origin of genro

1875–80; < Japanese genrō senior statesman (from a reference in the Book of Odes) < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán original, first + lǎo old
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Examples from the Web for genro

Historical Examples

  • He turned to Genro Kir, who was looking with horrified fascination at the still growing cloud in the screen.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • From a patriotic point of view, the Genro have shown very great wisdom in the conduct of affairs.

    The Problem of China

    Bertrand Russell

  • The Genro have no constitutional existence; they are merely the people who have the ear of the Mikado.

    The Problem of China

    Bertrand Russell

  • Genro Kir looked at the proffered circlet, then slowly extended a hand.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole


British Dictionary definitions for genro

genro

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) a group of highly respected elder statesmen in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan
  2. a member of this group

Word Origin

C20: from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese nguan lao, from nguan first + lao elder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for genro

Genro

"elder statesman of Japan," 1876, from Japanese, literally "first elders."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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