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[shoh-guh-nit, -neyt]
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  1. the office or rule of a shogun.
  2. a government controlled by shoguns.

Origin of shogunate

First recorded in 1870–75; shogun + -ate3
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Examples from the Web for shogunate

Historical Examples

  • The shogunate and the feudal system had fallen, to rise no more.

    Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)

    Charles Morris

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for shogunate


  1. Japanese history the office or rule of a shogun
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 shogunate


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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