noun, plural gen·ro.
any of the unofficial elder statesmen of Japan who influenced the government c1875–1940.
Origin of genro
1875–80; < Japanese genrō senior statesman (from a reference in the Book of Odes) < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán original, first + lǎo old
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Historical Examples of genro
He turned to Genro Kir, who was looking with horrified fascination at the still growing cloud in the screen.
From a patriotic point of view, the Genro have shown very great wisdom in the conduct of affairs.
The Genro have no constitutional existence; they are merely the people who have the ear of the Mikado.
Genro Kir looked at the proffered circlet, then slowly extended a hand.
British Dictionary definitions for genro
(functioning as singular or plural) a group of highly respected elder statesmen in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan
a member of this group
Word Origin for genro
C20: from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese nguan lao, from nguan first + lao elder
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Word Origin and History for genro
"elder statesman of Japan," 1876, from Japanese, literally "first elders."
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