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n. pl. mi·ka·dos
An emperor of Japan.

[Japanese : mi-, honorific pref. + kado, gate.]
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n, pl -dos
(Historical Terms) (often capital) archaic the Japanese emperor. Compare tenno
[C18: from Japanese, from mi- honourable + kado gate]
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(mɪˈkɑ doʊ)

n., pl. -dos.
(sometimes cap.) a title of the emperor of Japan.
[1720–30; < Japanese]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mikado - the emperor of Japanmikado - the emperor of Japan; when regarded as a religious leader the emperor is called tenno
Japanese - the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
emperor - the male ruler of an empire
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References in classic literature ?
It is situated in the bay of Yeddo, and at but a short distance from that second capital of the Japanese Empire, and the residence of the Tycoon, the civil Emperor, before the Mikado, the spiritual Emperor, absorbed his office in his own.
Forty thousand were killed in the street-fighting of Tokio and in the futile assault on the Mikado's palace.
When the great Gichi-Kuktai was Mikado he condemned to