- 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)
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Examples from the Web for daimyo
Aya, sweet maid, was the only child of a daimyo of the Province of Omi.Japanese Fairy Tales
In one place I found a factory built on the side of a daimyo's castle.
At Takamatsu I had the opportunity of visiting a daimyo's castle.
The Daimyo gave him a handsome sum of money, besides full liberty to preach wherever he went.The Jesuits, 1534-1921
Thomas J. Campbell
In the long ago it served as the audience chamber of a Daimyo's 'Besso' or play place.The House of the Misty Star
Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
- (in Japan) one of the territorial magnates who dominated much of the country from about the 11th to the 19th century
from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese d`âi miäng great name
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Word Origin and History for daimyo
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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