shogun

[shoh-guhn, -guhn]
noun Japanese History.
the title applied to the chief military commanders from about the 8th century a.d. to the end of the 12th century, then applied to the hereditary officials who governed Japan, with the emperor as nominal ruler, until 1868, when the shogunate was terminated and the ruling power was returned to the emperor.
Also, shōgun.


Origin:
1605–15; < Japanese shōgun, earlier shaũgun < Middle Chinese, equivalent, to Chinese jiāngjūn literally, lead the army

shogunal, adjective
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shogun (ˈʃəʊˌɡuːn)
 
n
1.  (from 794 ad) a chief military commander
2.  (from about 1192 to 1867) any of a line of hereditary military dictators who relegated the emperors to a position of purely theoretical supremacy
 
[C17: from Japanese, from Chinese chiang chün general, from chiang to lead + chün army]
 
'shogunal
 
adj

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shogun
1615, "hereditary commander of Japanese army," from Jap. (sei-i-tai) shogun "(barbarian-subduing) chief" (1192), sound-substitution for Chinese chiang chiin, lit. "lead army." Shogunate (1871) is a hybrid, with L. suffix -ate.
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Such elaborately decorated conveyances were reserved for the shogun's family, especially his brides.
He was fluent in the language and eventually translated for the shogun.
Instruct students to use available resources to research the term shogun.
The shogun controlled foreign policy, the military and feudal patronage.
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