mi·​ka·​do | \ mə-ˈkä-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce mikado (audio) \
plural mikados

Definition of mikado

: an emperor of Japan

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Gordon is squatting in the middle of the room in front of a strapless, white guipure-lace frock with black silk-mikado trim. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Peau de soie, mikado, faille and lurex intarsia with shades of celadon blue and fruité red. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This Is the Biggest, Best Hair at Haute Couture Fashion Week," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of mikado

1727, in the meaning defined above

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