noun Japanese History.
Origin of shogun
Examples from the Web for shoguns
See note on the tombs of the Shoguns, at the end of the story.
Eventually all the military power fell into the hands of the shoguns, and the mikado was seen no more at the head of his army.
The shoguns fortified their castles and required the feudal lords to keep headquarters in Tokyo.The Old World and Its Ways|William Jennings Bryan
Thus, in the days of the Shoguns' power, a Hatamoto who had divorced his wife reported the matter to the Shogun.
In Japan the emperors lived in retirement, and it was the dynasties of shoguns or generals that suffered change.
British Dictionary definitions for shoguns
noun Japanese history
Word Origin for shogun
Word Origin and History for shoguns
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."
Culture definitions for shoguns
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.