Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feudal lord of Japan who was a large landowner.

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  • n. Dated form of daimyo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The title of the feudal nobles of Japan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The title of the chief feudal barons or territorial nobles of Japan, vassals of the mikado: distinguished from the shomio (‘little name’), the title given to the hatamoto, or vassals of the shogun. See shogun.

Etymologies

Japanese daimyō : dai, great; see daikon + myō, name (from Middle Chinese mjiajng).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The game takes place in Medieval Japan, where warlords, known as daimio, are battling for control.

    Softpedia News - Global

  • This is also spelled "daimio" without diaeresis above the "i" elsewhere in the text.

    In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. 'Iron Duke,' flag-ship in China, 1878-83

  • "It will be suggest to me, because I am of daimio blood" -- Tamada drew himself up slightly as he claimed his nobility -- "that I make hari-kari."

    A Man to His Mate

  • A council was held, and the prisoner was given over to the safeguard of a daimio, called Tamura Ukiyo no Daibu, who kept him in close custody in his own house, to the great grief of his wife and of his retainers; and when the deliberations of the council were completed, it was decided that, as he had committed an outrage and attacked another man within the precincts of the palace, he must perform hara-kiri,--that is, commit suicide by disembowelling; his goods must be confiscated, and his family ruined.

    Tales of Old Japan

  • For several minutes Barbara Harding lay where she had collapsed after the keen short sword of the daimio had freed her from the menace of his lust.

    The Mucker

  • He was Oda Yorimoto, descendant of a powerful daimio of the Ashikaga Dynasty of shoguns who had fled Japan with his faithful samurai nearly three hundred and fifty years before upon the overthrow of the Ashikaga Dynasty.

    The Mucker

  • In the course of the next year but one, Vilela made a visit to Kioto, Sakai, and other places, during which he is said to have gained a convert in the person of the daimio, of the small principality of Omura, who displayed an imprudent excess of religious zeal in the destruction of idols and other extreme measures, which could only tend to provoke the hostility of the Buddhist priesthood.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 09

  • The lower classes in Japan have also reason for this, for whatever influence the latest political changes may have had on the old kuge, daimio, and samurai families of Japan, the position of the cultivator of the soil is now much more secure than before, when he was harmed by hundreds of small tyrants.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • The amorous gaze of the disguised daimio suddenly affected her with such ill-disguised mirth that the Japanese felt deeply hurt and humiliated.

    The Child of Pleasure

  • It was as if a daimio had been taken out of one of those cuirasses of iron and lacquer, so like the shell of some monstrous crustacean, and thrust into the clothes of a European waiter.

    The Child of Pleasure

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  • In the past I have done some chanting. Japanese words are rarely used in English; one example is "Daimoku", meaning "title", the name given to the mantra "Nam(u)-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō" (the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese original language) of Nichiren Buddhism."I take refuge in (devote or submit myself to) the Wonderful Law of the Lotus Flower Sutra" has been suggested as a universal translation.

    December 5, 2011

  • The preferred pronunciation has two syllables, not three. The word is also spelled daimyo. — The Orthoepist

    September 13, 2011