EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Japanese History the title applied to the chief military commanders from about the 8th century a.d. to the end of the 12th century, then applied to the hereditary officials who governed Japan, with the emperor as nominal ruler, until 1868, when the shogunate was terminated and the ruling power was returned to the emperor. Origin of shogun 1605–15; < Japanese shōgun, earlier shaũgun < Middle Chinese, equivalent, to Chinese jiāngjūn literally, lead the army Related forms sho·gun·al, adjective
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Shoguns, members of the Tokugawa family, lie buried at Ueno.
At Uyéno is the second of the burial-grounds of the
See note on the tombs of the
Shoguns, at the end of the story.
This question I asked the guide, who plunged me in a tangle of Daimios and
Shoguns, all manifestly extracted from a guide-book.
After the battle of Fushimi, and the abolition of the Shogunate, he accompanied the last of the
Shoguns in his retirement. British Dictionary definitions for shoguns noun Japanese history (from 794 ad) a chief military commander (from about 1192 to 1867) any of a line of hereditary military dictators who relegated the emperors to a position of purely theoretical supremacy Derived Forms shogunal, adjective Word Origin for shogun
C17: from Japanese, from Chinese
chiang chün general, from chiang to lead + chün army
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Word Origin and History for shoguns n.
1610s, "hereditary commander of a Japanese army," from Japanese
(sei-i-tai) shogun "(barbarian-subduing) chief" (late 12c.), sound-substitution for Chinese chiang chiin, literally "lead army."
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Japanese military leaders who ruled the country from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries. There was still an emperor in
Japan under the shoguns, but he was reduced to a mere figurehead.
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