dai·​myo | \ ˈdī-mē-ˌō How to pronounce daimyo (audio) , -(ˌ)myō \
variants: or less commonly daimio
plural daimyo or daimyos also daimio or daimios

Definition of daimyo

: a Japanese feudal baron

Examples of daimyo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The season finale ties up a few other loose threads after the massive shootout with the Pykes leaves Boba to reign over Mos Espa as its undisputed daimyo. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Built by local daimyo Kato Kiyomasa in the early 1600s, Kumamoto Castle remains one of the most impressive feats of pre-modern architecture on the island of Kyushu (though most of its structures are now ferro-concrete rebuilds). CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile in the present, Fett and Shand have some work to do setting up shop and making sure everyone on Tatooine knows who the new daimyo in town is. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 Above: The Banryutei rock garden (the largest in Japan) at Kongobuji Temple in Koyasan, Japan, constructed in 1593 by the daimyo Hideyoshi. La Carmina, House Beautiful, 6 May 2021 Among the first beneficiaries of the highway system were the daimyo, feudal lords, who were required by the shogun to spend every second year with their entourages in Edo, creating regular spasms of traffic around the provinces. Hiroshi Okamoto, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of daimyo

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daimyo

Japanese daimyō

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“Daimyo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daimyo. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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