[ mi-kah-doh ]
/ mɪˈkɑ doʊ /

noun, plural mi·ka·dos.

(sometimes initial capital letter) a title of the emperor of Japan.
(initial capital letter, italics) an operetta (1885) by Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.


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Origin of mikado

1720–30; < Japanese, equivalent to mi- exalted + kado gate, door (of the imperial palace)
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British Dictionary definitions for mikado

/ (mɪˈkɑːdəʊ) /

noun plural -dos

(often capital) archaic the Japanese emperorCompare tenno

Word Origin for mikado

C18: from Japanese, from mi- honourable + kado gate
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