genro


noun, plural gen·ro.

  1. any of the unofficial elder statesmen of Japan who influenced the government c1875–1940.

noun

  1. (functioning as singular or plural) a group of highly respected elder statesmen in late 19th- and early 20th-century Japan
  2. a member of this group

“elder statesman of Japan,” 1876, from Japanese, literally “first elders.”

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