Tao

noun

ˈdau̇ How to pronounce Tao (audio)
ˈtau̇
1
a
: the unconditional and unknowable source and guiding principle of all reality as conceived by Taoists
b
: the process of nature by which all things change and which is to be followed for a life of harmony
2
often not capitalized : the path of virtuous conduct as conceived by Confucians
3
often not capitalized : the art or skill of doing something in harmony with the essential nature of the thing
the Tao of archery

Word History

Etymology

Chinese (Beijing) dào, literally, way

First Known Use

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tao was in 1736

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“Tao.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tao. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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