Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- Historical in Japan, any of a number of retired statesmen who served informally as a group of advisors to the emperor
- any elderly retired statesman who continues to be consulted unofficially on governmental matters
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A prominent, highly experienced older man, especially one acting as an unofficial adviser.