Definition of daimyo in English:


(also daimio)

noundaimyo, daimyos

  • (in feudal Japan) one of the great lords who were vassals of the shogun.

    • ‘Land was held in customary tenure, the largest holdings by 250 daimyos (feudal lords), each with his retinue of dependent samurai.’
    • ‘In Japan the Tokugawa had restored order in 1600 and ruled Japan's feudal daimyos with a rod of iron for more than two centuries thereafter.’
    • ‘Attesting to Yuken's skill we have the following story of how Lord Nagato, a daimyo from Sesshu, became Yuken's student.’
    • ‘Those employed by a daimyo not only received a generous stipend but were accorded samurai status as well.’
    • ‘The patronage of a daimyo allowed the potteries to aim for the highest quality without regard to cost.’
    • ‘I sighed, reluctantly pouring more tea for the daimyo after catching my mother's cold stare.’


Japanese, from dai ‘great’ + myō ‘name’.



/ˈdʌɪmɪəʊ/ /ˈdʌɪmjəʊ/