shogun

noun

sho·​gun ˈshō-gən How to pronounce shogun (audio)
: one of a line of military governors ruling Japan until the revolution of 1867–68
shogunal adjective
shogunate noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Then, in March 1776, Thunberg was part of one of the most remarkable expeditions from Dejima—the annual trip to Edo (as Tokyo was then called) to pay respect to the shogun. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 For Japanese history buffs, the significance was clear: Tokugawa came back from the defeat and later became shogun controlling all of Japan. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 The opening and the third act deal with the political power struggle, which ties in with the local shogun’s increasingly hostile stance toward the story-songs performed by the lead characters. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 For Thunberg’s delegation, there was none of the court jester humiliation that had befallen early trips to Edo—no need to sing and dance for the shogun. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 Its original purpose was to help the new shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, consolidate his power in the largely provincial region. CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 Beginning in the Edo era (1603-1868), guests would give custom candles to the shogun, the military dictators appointed by the emperor. Jordyn Haime, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Dec. 2021 So, the shogun asked a local artisan to salvage it. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, 22 Dec. 2020 For travelers, following the remains of the shogun age provides a tantalizing doorway into a world rarely seen by outsiders. Hiroshi Okamoto, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese shōgun

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shogun was in 1727

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“Shogun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shogun. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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shogun

noun

sho·​gun ˈshō-gən How to pronounce shogun (audio)
: any of a line of military governors ruling Japan until the revolution of 1867–68
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