Shin·​to ˈshin-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce Shinto (audio)
: the indigenous religion of Japan consisting chiefly in the cultic devotion to deities of natural forces and veneration of the Emperor as a descendant of the sun goddess
Shinto adjective
Shintoism noun
Shintoist noun or adjective
Shintoistic adjective

Examples of Shinto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto Three Berry Buttermilk Sherbet Berries and buttermilk come together for the creamiest sweet treat to use up your summer fruit. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 5 June 2024 Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto Baked Chiles Rellenos So often a supporting player in recipes―helping cakes rise and thickening sauces, for instance―eggs get star billing here. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 Or visit another popular destination, the Yasaka-jinja Shinto shrine, with its colorful vermillion gate and outdoor sanctuary where worshippers pull on dangling cords to ring large bells. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 7 Aug. 2023 The nearby Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine was another urban oasis surrounded by 173 acres of woods right in the middle of the city. Helen Schulman, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2024 The writers crafted an arc in which his character, Stanford Blatch, moved to Japan and became a Shinto monk. Nick Romano,, 26 Feb. 2024 Later that season, it was revealed that Stanford had become a Shinto monk. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 The beverage was initially brewed in Shinto shrines, and has held a sacred place in the country’s culture. Tokyo Halfie, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Oct. 2023 Her gospel draws on the individual impulse to tinker, prevalent in early America and throughout its history, and joins it with an appreciation for animate objects developed in her five years as a miko, or shrine maiden, at a Shinto temple. Coco Krumme, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Japanese shintō

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shinto was in 1727

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“Shinto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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Shin·​to ˈshin-tō How to pronounce Shinto (audio)
: a religion native to Japan

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