- (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
Examples from the Web for 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 and History 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."