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daimyo

[dahy-myaw] /ˈdaɪ myɔ/
noun, plural daimyo, daimyos. Japanese History
1.
one of the great feudal lords who were vassals of the shogun.
Also, daimio.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Japanese, equivalent to dai big, great (< Chinese) + myō name (< Chin)
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daimyo

/ˈdaɪmjəʊ/
noun (pl) -myo, -myos, -mio, -mios
1.
(in Japan) one of the territorial magnates who dominated much of the country from about the 11th to the 19th century
Word Origin
from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese d`âi miäng great name
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Word Origin and History for daimyo

also daimio, former title of the chief nobles of Japan, 1839, from Japanese, literally "big name," from Chinese dai "great" + mio, myo "name."

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