genro

genro

[gen-roh, gen-roh]
noun, plural genro.
any of the unofficial elder statesmen of Japan who influenced the government c1875–1940.

Origin:
1875–80; < Japanese genrō senior statesman (from a reference in the Book of Odes) < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán original, first + lǎo old

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genro (ˈɡɛnˈrəʊ)
 
n
1.  (functioning as singular or plural) a group of highly respected elder statesmen in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan
2.  a member of this group
 
[C20: from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese nguan lao, from nguan first + lao elder]

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