Meaning of Tokugawa


Pronunciation: (tô'koo-gä'wä), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns, 1603–1867.
  2. a period of Japanese history under the rule of Tokugawa shoguns, characterized by a samurai ruling class, urbanization, and the growth of a merchant class.
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