noun, plural mikados.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a title of the emperor of Japan.
(initial capital letter, italics) an operetta (1885) by Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.

1720–30; < Japanese, equivalent to mi- exalted + kado gate, door (of the imperial palace)

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mikado (mɪˈkɑːdəʊ)
n , pl -dos
archaic (often capital) Compare tenno the Japanese emperor
[C18: from Japanese, from mi- honourable + kado gate]

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1727, former title of the emperor of Japan, from mi "honorable" + kado "gate, portal." Similar to Sublime Porte, old title of the Ottoman emperor/government, and Pharaoh, which literally means "great house."
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Mikado also offers a full sushi menu, with chef specials including a variety of fish to sample.
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