Meiji

noun, often attributive
Mei·ji | \ˈmā-(ˌ)jē \

Definition of Meiji 

: the period of the reign (1868–1912) of Emperor Mutsuhito of Japan

First Known Use of Meiji

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Meiji

Japanese, literally, enlightened rule

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