- (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.
Origin of mikado
Related Words for mikadoking, monarch, emperor, czar, sultan, shah, majesty, queen, empress, mogul, kaiser, prince, baron, royal, sovereign, potentate, lord, dame, tycoon, baroness
Examples from the Web for mikado
Historical Examples of mikado
The Mikado is lamenting a sudden realisation that he is too old for his love.The Garden of Bright Waters
Shortly after, in a battle with the rebels the mikado was shot dead with an arrow.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
On levée day I saw the reception at the Mikado's palace in Yeddo.
No one--Czar or diplomat, Kaiser or Mikado--seemed to know anything.The Education of Henry Adams
They were in attendance on the mikado, who is now on a tour of his empire.In Eastern Seas
J. J. Smith
- (often capital) archaic the Japanese emperorCompare tenno
Word Origin for mikado
1727, former title of the emperor of Japan, from mi "honorable" + kado "gate, portal." Similar to Sublime Porte, old title of the Ottoman emperor/government, and Pharaoh, which literally means "great house."