The period of Japanese history during which the Ashikaga shoguns ruled the empire, from approximately the 14th to the 16th century. Chiefly attributive, especially in "Muromachi period" (also called Ashikaga period), "Muromachi shogunate".
Dates for the Muromachi period vary widely between authorities.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Wiliam George Aston (1841–1911), diplomatist and Japanese and Korean scholar. From Muromachi, the name of the district in north-western Kyoto from which the Ashikaga shoguns ruled.