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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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Examples from the Web for daimyo

Historical Examples

  • Aya, sweet maid, was the only child of a daimyo of the Province of Omi.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James

  • In one place I found a factory built on the side of a daimyo's castle.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • At Takamatsu I had the opportunity of visiting a daimyo's castle.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for daimyo



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

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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