or dai·mio

[ dahy-myaw ]

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

Origin of daimyo

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

Words Nearby daimyo

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How to use daimyo in a sentence

  • The daimyo gave him a handsome sum of money, besides full liberty to preach wherever he went.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
  • On the summit of the hill above Matsue stood the ancient castle of the former daimyo of the province.

    Lafcadio Hearn | Nina H. Kennard
  • We drank from a black daimyo bowl which had been made four hundred years before.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott
  • A dramatic tale by one of the story-tellers was about a yokelish young wrestler and a daimyo.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott
  • He was a large daimyo-like figure, dignified and courteous, but seemingly impenetrable.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott

British Dictionary definitions for daimyo



/ (ˈdaɪmjəʊ) /

nounplural -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

Origin of daimyo

from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese d`âi miäng great name

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