Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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

Japanese genrō : gen, first (from Middle Chinese ŋuan) + , elder (from Middle Chinese lawh).

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From Japanese 元老.

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