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[mey-jee] /ˈmeɪˈdʒi/
noun, Japanese History.
the designation of the period of the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito from 1868 to 1912.
Origin of Meiji
1870-75; < Japanese meiji, earlier meidi enlightened peace < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese míng bright + zhì pacify Unabridged
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(Japanese history) the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito (1867–1912), during which Japan began a rapid process of Westernization, industrialization, and expansion in foreign affairs
the throne name of Mutsuhito (ˌmuːtsʊˈhiːtəʊ). 1852–1912, emperor of Japan (1867–1912)
Word Origin
Japanese, from Chinese ming enlightened + dji government
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Word Origin and History for Meiji

"period of rule of emperor Mutsuhito" (1868-1912), which was marked by modernization and Westernization, 1873, from Japanese, literally "enlightened government."

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