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or dai·mio

noun, plural dai·myo, dai·myos. Japanese History.
  1. one of the great feudal lords who were vassals of the shogun.
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Origin of daimyo

1830–40; < Japanese, equivalent to dai big, great (< Chinese) + myō name (< Chin)
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Historical Examples of daimio

  • The wind blew the fine dust in the noses and eyes of the Daimio and his nobles.

    Harper's Young People, September 14, 1880


  • The Daimio of Arima arrived this morning at dawn and confirmed the news of the messengers.

    The Usurper

    Judith Gautier

  • "Certainly, appearances are deceptive," said the Daimio to himself.

  • In his imagination he pictured this house like a daimio's palace.

  • It is large, and the inside is as beautiful as a great Daimio's palace.

British Dictionary definitions for daimio



noun plural -myo, -myos, -mio or -mios
  1. (in Japan) one of the territorial magnates who dominated much of the country from about the 11th to the 19th century
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Word Origin for daimyo

from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese d`âi miäng great name
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Word Origin and History for daimio


also daimio, former title of the chief nobles of Japan, 1839, from Japanese, literally "big name," from Chinese dai "great" + mio, myo "name."

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