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[shoh-guh-nit, -neyt] /ˈʃoʊ gə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
the office or rule of a shogun.
a government controlled by shoguns.
Origin of shogunate
First recorded in 1870-75; shogun + -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The shogunate and the feudal system had fallen, to rise no more.

  • Oguri, an able man, was the finance minister of the shogunate at the time.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • These they received through the shogunate, but the giver was the emperor.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • Above all, there was one such belonging to the shogunate itself.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • He lived in the last period of the shogunate and studied Dutch books.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Drainage operations have been going on since the time of the shogunate.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • After the battle of Fushimi, and the abolition of the shogunate, he accompanied the last of the Shoguns in his retirement.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • His title to the shogunate was frequently disputed, however, and rival claimants waged fierce war upon him.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • This was the very year of the downfall of the shogunate and the restoration of the imperial power.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard
  • Two families, the Hojo and the Ashikaga, successively held the shogunate down to the year 1573.

British Dictionary definitions for shogunate


/ˈʃəʊɡʊnɪt; -ˌneɪt/
(Japanese history) the office or rule of a shogun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shogunate

1871, a hybrid, from Japanese shogun + Latinate suffix -ate (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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