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[gen-roh, gen-roh] /gɛnˈroʊ, ˈgɛn roʊ/
noun, plural genro.
any of the unofficial elder statesmen of Japan who influenced the government c1875–1940.
Origin of genro
1875-80; < Japanese genrō senior statesman (from a reference in the Book of Odes) < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán original, first + lǎo old Unabridged
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  • From a patriotic point of view, the genro have shown very great wisdom in the conduct of affairs.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
  • genro Kir looked at the proffered circlet, then slowly extended a hand.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • He turned to genro Kir, who was looking with horrified fascination at the still growing cloud in the screen.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • The genro have no constitutional existence; they are merely the people who have the ear of the Mikado.

    The Problem of China Bertrand Russell
British Dictionary definitions for genro


(functioning as singular or pl) a group of highly respected elder statesmen in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan
a member of this group
Word Origin
C20: from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese nguan lao, from nguan first + lao elder
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Word Origin and History for genro


"elder statesman of Japan," 1876, from Japanese, literally "first elders."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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