Definition of daimyo in English:


(also daimio)

Pronunciation /ˈdīmyō/ /ˈdaɪmjoʊ/


  • (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’.