or dai·mio

[ dahy-myaw ]
/ ˈdaɪ myɔ /

noun, plural dai·myo, dai·myos. Japanese History.

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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/ (ˈdaɪmjəʊ) /

noun plural -myo, -myos, -mio or -mios

(in Japan) one of the territorial magnates who dominated much of the country from about the 11th to the 19th century

Word Origin for daimyo

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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