from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The hereditary commander of the Japanese army who until 1867 exercised absolute rule under the nominal leadership of the emperor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The supreme generalissimo of feudal Japan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A title originally conferred by the Mikado on the military governor of the eastern provinces of Japan. By gradual usurpation of power the Shoguns (known to foreigners as Tycoons) became finally the virtual rulers of Japan. The title was abolished in 1867.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. General: the title of the commander-in-chief or captain-general of the Japanese army during the continuance of the feudal system in that country.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hereditary military dictator of Japan; the shoguns ruled Japan until the revolution of 1867-68
Japanese shōgun, general, from Middle Chinese tsiangkun : tsiang, general + kun, army.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 将軍 (shōgun), from an abbreviation of 征夷大将軍 (Seii Taishogun) which means the general who overcomes the barbarians. (Wiktionary)