sho·​gun | \ ˈshō-gən How to pronounce shogun (audio) \

Definition of shogun

: one of a line of military governors ruling Japan until the revolution of 1867–68

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Other Words from shogun

shogunal \ ˈshō-​gə-​nəl How to pronounce shogunal (audio) \ adjective
shogunate \ ˈshō-​gə-​nət How to pronounce shogunate (audio) , -​ˌnāt \ noun

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After lunch, head to Nijo Castle, the former seat of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto. National Geographic, "Japan: Hiking and Cultural Adventure," 12 June 2019 The shogun demands Sakura for himself, but Akane refuses to give her up. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: Welcome to Shogun World, Motherf—kers!," 21 May 2018 In 1733, the ruling shogun placated his people by supplying gunpowder for a show above the Sumida River in modern Tokyo. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks," 4 July 2018 For those who find bloodthirsty Old West bandits too tame, behold a glitchy, malfunctioning shogun. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Akane No Mai’ and the introduction of Shogun World," 20 May 2018 The shogun’s dunzo, but what about that leaking cortical fluid, is that detail important? William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Akane No Mai’ and the introduction of Shogun World," 20 May 2018 After watching the shogun murder her beloved Sakura in front of her (after Sakura had been used as a kind of canvas for the Shogun’s grisly art experiments), Akane danced, as she was instructed to do. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: A Cut Above," 20 May 2018 The other members of their merry OASIS clan, Daito (Win Morisaki) and Sho (Philip Zhao), are a ninja and a shogun in VR; in real life, they're revealed to be Japanese and ... well, that's it. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Ready Player One Is a Virtually Empty Good Time," 29 Mar. 2018 The Sengoku period ended with the victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and his ascension to the rank of shogun, (supreme ruler of Japan) which marked the beginning of a long period of peace, and the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate. Jack Forster,, "This $3,000 G-Shock Is Inspired by Samurai Armor," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of shogun

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shogun

Japanese shōgun

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English Language Learners Definition of shogun

: any one of the military leaders who ruled Japan until the revolution of 1867-68

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