Meiji

Meiji

[mey-jee]
noun Japanese History.
the designation of the period of the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito from 1868 to 1912.

Origin:
1870–75; < Japanese meiji, earlier meidi enlightened peace < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese míng bright + zhì pacify

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Meiji (ˈmeɪˈdʒiː)
 
n
1.  Japanese history the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito (1867--1912), during which Japan began a rapid process of Westernization, industrialization, and expansion in foreign affairs
2.  the throne name of Mutsuhito (ˌmuːtsʊˈhiːtəʊ). 1852-- 1912, emperor of Japan (1867--1912)
 
[Japanese, from Chinese ming enlightened + dji government]

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Meiji
1873, "period of rule of emperor Mutsuhito" (1868-1912), which was marked by modernization and Westernization, lit. "enlightened government."
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