a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns 1338–1573.
Historical Examples

Indeed, the Ashikaga move through Japanese history against a background of mikados.
An Artist’s Letters From Japan John La Farge

Soon, however, the armies of Ashikaga overran Echizen, and Yoshisada fell in battle.
Japan Various

After two hundred and thirty-eight years of dominion the lordship of the Ashikaga thus came to an end.
Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15) Charles Morris

The tendency of the Ashikaga times was to encourage individual ambition.
Japan Various

He escaped to the province of Kawachi, and the supremacy of the Ashikaga family came to an end.
Japan Various

They were of the same blood as Nitta and Ashikaga and of the clan of Minamoto.
Japan Various

Yoritomo’s descendants gradually degenerated, and were finally overthrown by the Ashikaga family.
The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery

The Ashikaga were descendants of the Minamoto, who alone had hereditary claim to this high office.
Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15) Charles Morris

Two families, the Hojo and the Ashikaga, successively held the shogunate down to the year 1573.
Diary of Richard Cocks Vol. I Richard Cocks

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