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 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 25 Jul. 2021.

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