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

Examples of shogun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, the shogun asked a local artisan to salvage it. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, 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 One of the shrines, Toshogu, is traditionally held to house the remains of the all-conquering shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, who founded the dynasty. Hiroshi Okamoto, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2020 Finally, in 1868, after the last shogun had resigned, Edo Castle was surrendered to the emperor to avoid a civil war. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, 23 June 2020 One summer, the story goes, a group of men went into the shogun’s woods and stole some timber to rebuild a local temple, a capital offense. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 After lunch, head to Nijo Castle, the former seat of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 The shogun demands Sakura for himself, but Akane refuses to give her up. Scott Meslow, GQ, 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, 4 July 2018

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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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“Shogun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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