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Meiji Line breaks: Meiji
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪdʒi/

Definition of Meiji in English:


[usually as modifier]
The period when Japan was ruled by the emperor Meiji Tenno, marked by the modernization and westernization of the country: elaborately decorated Meiji earthenware
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  • Even after the Meiji rulers imposed military rule in the 1930s, belief in democracy endured for many Japanese.
  • He looked like an actor from a Meiji period movie.
  • The ensuing Meiji policy of modernization allowed Western ideas, institutions, and culture to infiltrate Japan.


Japanese, literally 'enlightened government'.

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