do·​jo ˈdō-(ˌ)jō How to pronounce dojo (audio)
plural dojos
: 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 When the down-on-his-luck Lawrence opens a Cobra Kai dojo, LaRusso—the owner of a chain of car dealerships—eventually opens a dojo himself. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 Cobra Kai fans, Ralph Macchio is back in the dojo ... just not in the way people necessarily expect. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 14 May 2023 Shades of Stearns’ last film, Sarah finds a dojo. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2022 Eagle Fang dojo have disbanded. Andrew Walsh,, 20 Sep. 2022 Joining the fun this year is Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto), an old Karate Kid Part II foe of Daniel's from Okinawa; the heroes take on evil billionaire Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), operating with more power and experience than ever before after taking over the Cobra Kai dojo. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 9 Sep. 2022 So, the dojo must go on. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 28 Apr. 2022 Tears are not allowed in this dojo! Kristen Baldwin,, 20 Jan. 2023 Chozen still wasn't Daniel's biggest fan, however, and the two men (now both in middle age) got some of their old rivalry out of their systems while sparring at Chozen's dojo in a scene which delighted fans of the movie, and dovetailed with the season's main plot. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Japanese dōjō, from way, art + -jō ground

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dojo was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Dojo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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