Mikado



[mi-kah-doh] /mɪˈkɑ doʊ/

noun, plural mikados.
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a title of the emperor of Japan.
2.
(initial capital letter, italics) an operetta (1885) by Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
3.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, eight driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.
/mɪˈkɑːdəʊ/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
(often capital) (archaic) the Japanese emperor Compare tenno
n.

1727, former title of the emperor of Japan, from mi “honorable” + kado “gate, portal.” Similar to Sublime Porte, old title of the Ottoman emperor/government, and Pharaoh, which literally means “great house.”

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