Definition of daimyo in English:


Line breaks: dai¦myo
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪmɪəʊ
, ˈdʌɪmjəʊ/
(also daimio)

noun (plural same or daimyos)

  • (In feudal Japan) one of the great lords who were vassals of the shogun.
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    • 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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