dojo

noun
do·​jo | \ ˈdō-(ˌ)jō How to pronounce dojo (audio) \
plural dojos

Definition of dojo

: a school for training in various arts of self-defense (such as judo or karate)

Examples of dojo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Salama is a full time karate sensei, or teacher, with his own dojo. NBC News, "Breaking bias barriers: 17-year old karate champion competes in a hijab," 23 Nov. 2019 New students continue to fall in love with the dojo and the teaching. Marina Affo, Washington Post, "A Delaware sensei has inspired through the decades," 11 Aug. 2019 Casey’s fellow students vary in expertise: There’s Henry (David Zellner), a friendly blue belt who shows him the ropes, and Anna (Imogen Poots), a fierce red belt who is notably the only adult female in the dojo. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 19 July 2019 Masculinity is prized above all else, and the best line in the script refers to the dojo’s only female student, an angel-faced, ferociously aggressive young woman named Anna (a fine performance by Imogen Poots). Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Review: Violence Among Men," 11 July 2019 But the dojo isn’t the only environment where everything seems curiously off-kilter. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 19 July 2019 But the dojo isn’t the only environment where everything seems curiously off-kilter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 18 July 2019 But the dojo isn’t the only environment where everything seems curiously off-kilter. Justin Chang, Detroit Free Press, "‘Art of Self-Defense’ takes comic aim at masculinity," 18 July 2019 Or that his Quiet Storm martial arts dojo in Wilmington is 20 years old, opened as a retirement project. Marina Affo, Washington Post, "A Delaware sensei has inspired through the decades," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dojo

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dojo

Japanese dōjō, from way, art + -jō ground

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“Dojo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dojo. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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dojo

noun
How to pronounce dojo (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dojo

: a school for teaching people karate, judo, etc.

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