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[gen-roh, gen-roh] /gɛnˈroʊ, ˈgɛn roʊ/
noun, plural genro.
1.
any of the unofficial elder statesmen of Japan who influenced the government c1875–1940.
Origin
1875-1880
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/
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or pl) a group of highly respected elder statesmen in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan
2.
a member of this group
Word Origin
C20: from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese nguan lao, from nguan first + lao elder
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Genro

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

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