plural noun

gen·​ro ˈgen-ˈrō How to pronounce genro (audio)
often capitalized
: the elder statesmen of Japan who formerly advised the emperor

Word History


Japanese genrō

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of genro was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Genro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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