Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[mey-jee] /ˈmeɪˈdʒi/
noun, Japanese History
the designation of the period of the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito from 1868 to 1912.
Origin of Meiji
1870-75; < Japanese meiji, earlier meidi enlightened peace < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese míng bright + zhì pacify Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Meiji
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The restoration of the Meiji had ended the age of feudalism, at least on the surface.

  • The next letter is dated June 27th, '92, 25th year of Meiji.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • In Japan the present year is the 42nd of Meiji, that is, the 42nd of the present Emperor's reign.

  • Nearly all the prominent philosophers of the Meiji era may be classed under some branch of German idealism.

  • The 11th of February in the 22d year of Meiji saw the promulgation of the imperial Constitution.

    Japan Various
  • Its leading educational institution is the Meiji Gakuin, in Tokyo, with both an academic and a theological department.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • In the thirtieth year of Meiji, on the first day of the fifth month, by the house of Inouy, this sotoba has been set up.

  • During the first 40 years of the Meiji era numerous meteorological stations were established.

  • Beautiful forests of feudal period had been wasted in the early days of Meiji and the result was now plain.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
British Dictionary definitions for Meiji


(Japanese history) the reign of Emperor Mutsuhito (1867–1912), during which Japan began a rapid process of Westernization, industrialization, and expansion in foreign affairs
the throne name of Mutsuhito (ˌmuːtsʊˈhiːtəʊ). 1852–1912, emperor of Japan (1867–1912)
Word Origin
Japanese, from Chinese ming enlightened + dji government
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Meiji

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Meiji

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Meiji

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for meiji