noun. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).
- police state
- one-man rule
Example sentences of the word shogunate
1. Noun, singular or mass
By 1701, the style of decorated fans had become so elaborate and the price for some so extravagant that the manufacture and use of overly luxurious designs was forbidden by the shogunate.