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Tokyo

or To·ki·o

[ toh-kee-oh; Japanese taw-kyaw ]
/ ˈtoʊ kiˌoʊ; Japanese ˈtɔ kyɔ /
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noun
a seaport in and the capital of Japan, on Tokyo Bay: one of the world's largest cities; destructive earthquake and fire 1923; signing of the Japanese surrender document aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, September 2, 1945.
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Formerly Edo, Yed·do, Ye·do [yed-oh; Japanese ye-daw] /ˈyɛd oʊ; Japanese ˈyɛ dɔ/ .

OTHER WORDS FROM Tokyo

To·ky·o·ite, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Tokyo

Tokyo
/ (ˈtəʊkjəʊ, -kɪˌəʊ) /

noun
the capital of Japan, a port on SE Honshu on Tokyo Bay (an inlet of the Pacific): part of the largest conurbation in the world (the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area) of over 35 million people; major industrial centre and the chief cultural centre of Japan. Pop (city proper): 8 025 538 (2002 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for Tokyo

Tokyo

Capital of Japan and largest city in the country, located on the island of Honshu at the head of Tokyo Bay; the administrative, financial, educational, and cultural center of Japan.

notes for Tokyo

The world's largest city, Tokyo is also among its most modern.

notes for Tokyo

It was heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II.

notes for Tokyo

Tokyo became the capital of the Japanese Empire in 1868 when Japan began a period of intensive modernization.
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