Shogun definition

shōgən
One of a line of military commanders who from 1192 until 1867 were generally the actual rulers of Japan, although nominally subordinate to the emperor.
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Any of the hereditary governors of Japan who, until 1867, constituted a quasi-dynasty exercising absolute rule and relegating the emperors to a nominal position.
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The supreme generalissimo of feudal Japan.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shogun
Plural:
shoguns

Origin of shogun

  • Japanese shōgun general from Middle Chinese tsiaŋkyn (also the source of Mandarin jiāngjūn) tsiaŋ to take, bring, undertake, support kyn army

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 将軍 (shōgun), from an abbreviation of 征夷大将軍 (Seii Taishogun) which means "General who overcomes the barbarians", from Middle Chinese 將軍 (tsjàng-kjun "leader of troops", "general") (compare Mandarin jiàngjūn 将军).

    From Wiktionary