noun, plural mi·ka·dos.

  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.

noun plural -dos

  1. (often capital) archaic the Japanese emperorCompare 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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