[ taw-koo-gah-wah ]

  1. a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns, 1603–1867.

  2. a period of Japanese history under the rule of Tokugawa shoguns, characterized by a samurai ruling class, urbanization, and the growth of a merchant class.

Words Nearby Tokugawa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Tokugawa in a sentence

  • Lieutenant Tokugawa Nariaki was an average-sized, sleepy-looking individual with a balding crew cut and a morose expression.

    Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Hundreds of yards of canvas, with the Tokugawa trefoil, had been stretched along the road to Kurihma.

    Historic Adventures | Rupert S. Holland
  • In the opening years of the Tokugawa administration an uncompromising policy was pursued.

    Japan | Various
  • This was one of the most remarkable measures conceived by the Tokugawa.

    Japan | Various
  • These enactments constituted the complete criminal code of the Tokugawa.

    Japan | Various