皇国

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
こう
Grade: 6
こく
Grade: 2
kan’on on’yomi
Alternative spelling
皇國 (kyūjitai)

First attested in the late-Edo period.

Compound of Middle Chinese-derived elements (, ruler, monarchemperorJapan) +‎ (koku, country).

Noun[edit]

(こう)(こく) (kōkokuくわうこく (kwaukoku)?

  1. (archaic or poetic) an empire; specificially, the Japanese empire.
    Synonym: 皇御国 (sumeramikuni)

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 6 Grade: 2
Alternative spelling
皇國 (kyūjitai)
For pronunciation and definitions of 皇国 – see the following entry.
みくに
[noun] (reverent) land of the emperor; Japan
Alternative spellings
御国, 皇国
(This term, 皇国, is an alternative spelling of the above term.)