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[kee-oh-toh; Japanese kyaw-taw]
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  1. Kyoto.


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[kee-oh-toh; Japanese kyaw-taw]
  1. a city on S Honshu, in central Japan: the capital of Japan a.d. 794–1868.
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Historical Examples

  • The two principal cities, not treaty ports, are Tokio and Kioto.

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  • Osaka and Kioto are the chief centres of cotton and textile manufactures.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • It is situated about eight miles from Kioto, and thither we went in jinrikishas.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • She has had a long journey from the City Royal (Kioto) in her search for the child.

    Plays of Old Japan

    Marie C. Stopes

  • How could Nagato be at Osaka and at Kioto at one and the same time?

    The Usurper

    Judith Gautier

British Dictionary definitions for kioto


  1. a variant spelling of Kyoto



  1. a city in central Japan, on S Honshu: the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868; cultural centre, with two universities (1875, 1897). Pop: 1 387 264 (2002 est)
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Word Origin and History for kioto


city in Japan, from kyo + to, both meaning "capital." Founded 794 as Heionkyo "Capital of Calm and Peace," it also has been known as Miyako and Saikyo. Kyoto Protocol so called because it was initially adopted Dec. 11, 1997, in the Japanese city.

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