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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shoh-guh n, -guhn]
    • /ˈʃoʊ gən, -gʌn/
    • /ˈʃəʊ.ɡuːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shoh-guh n, -guhn]
    • /ˈʃoʊ gən, -gʌn/

Definitions of shogun word

  • noun shogun the title applied to the chief military commanders from about the 8th century a.d. to the end of the 12th century, then applied to the hereditary officials who governed Japan, with the emperor as nominal ruler, until 1868, when the shogunate was terminated and the ruling power was returned to the emperor. 1
  • noun shogun Japanese official 1
  • noun shogun (from 794 ad) a chief military commander 0
  • noun shogun (from about 1192 to 1867) any of a line of hereditary military dictators who relegated the emperors to a position of purely theoretical supremacy 0
  • noun shogun 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 0

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Origin of shogun

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; < Japanese shōgun, earlier shaũgun < Middle Chinese, equivalent, to Chinese jiāngjūn literally, lead the army

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Parts of speech for Shogun


shogun popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for shogun

noun shogun

  • commander in chief — Also, Commander in Chief. the supreme commander of the armed forces of a nation or, sometimes, of several allied nations: The president is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
  • generalissimo — the supreme commander of the armed forces.

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