One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A member of) the council of ministers of state in Japan, especially under the Tokugawa government (1603–1867).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Frederic Shoberl (1775–1853), journalist and writer. Originally from French riodjou and subsequently from its etymon Japanese Rōjū elders, advisers to a lord from rō old person, elder, chief vassal + -jū, variant of -chū among.
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