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[toh-kee-oh; Japanese taw-kyaw] /ˈtoʊ kiˌoʊ; Japanese ˈtɔ kyɔ/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Japan, on Tokyo Bay: one of the world's largest cities; destructive earthquake and fire 1923; signing of the Japanese surrender document aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, September 2, 1945.
Also, Tokio.
Formerly Edo, Yeddo, Yedo.
Related forms
Tokyoite, noun
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Tokyo

/ˈtəʊkjəʊ; -kɪˌəʊ/
noun
1.
the capital of Japan, a port on SE Honshu on Tokyo Bay (an inlet of the Pacific): part of the largest conurbation in the world (the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area) of over 35 million people; major industrial centre and the chief cultural centre of Japan. Pop (city proper): 8 025 538 (2002 est)
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Word Origin and History for tokio

Tokyo

so named 1868, from Japanese to "east" + kyo "capital;" its earlier name was Edo, literally "estuary."

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Tokyo definition


Capital of Japan and largest city in the country, located on the island of Honshu at the head of Tokyo Bay; the administrative, financial, educational, and cultural center of Japan.

Note: The world's largest city, Tokyo is also among its most modern.
Note: It was heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II.
Note: Tokyo became the capital of the Japanese Empire in 1868 when Japan began a period of intensive modernization.
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