Definition of daimyo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪmɪəʊ/
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪmjəʊ/
(also daimio)

noun (plural same or daimyos)

(In feudal Japan) one of the great lords who were vassals of the shogun.
Example sentences
  • Land was held in customary tenure, the largest holdings by 250 daimyos (feudal lords), each with his retinue of dependent samurai.
  • In Japan the Tokugawa had restored order in 1600 and ruled Japan's feudal daimyos with a rod of iron for more than two centuries thereafter.
  • Attesting to Yuken's skill we have the following story of how Lord Nagato, a daimyo from Sesshu, became Yuken's student.


Japanese, from dai 'great' + myō 'name'.

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