from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of elder male politicians of Japan who were formerly advisers to the emperor.
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- n. A body of elder statesmen of Japan, formerly used as informal advisors to the Emperor.
Japanese genrō : gen, first (from Middle Chinese ŋuan) + rō, elder (from Middle Chinese lawh).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 元老. (Wiktionary)