[ gen-roh, gen-roh ]
/ gɛnˈroʊ, ˈgɛn roʊ /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for genro

  • From a patriotic point of view, the Genro have shown very great wisdom in the conduct of affairs.

    The Problem of China|Bertrand Russell
  • Genro Kir looked at the proffered circlet, then slowly extended a hand.

    The Players|Everett B. Cole
  • The Genro have no constitutional existence; they are merely the people who have the ear of the Mikado.

    The Problem of China|Bertrand Russell
  • He turned to Genro Kir, who was looking with horrified fascination at the still growing cloud in the screen.

    The Players|Everett B. Cole

British Dictionary definitions for genro

/ (ˈɡɛnˈrəʊ) /


(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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