karate

noun
ka·​ra·​te | \ kə-ˈrä-tē How to pronounce karate (audio) \

Definition of karate

: a Japanese art of self-defense employing hand strikes and kicks to disable or subdue an opponent

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Other Words from karate

karateist \ kə-​ˈrä-​tē-​ist How to pronounce karateist (audio) \ noun

Examples of karate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Shahidi has accomplished an astounding amount already—the woman is a karate black belt!—there are still items on her bucket list, including starting a think tank. Emma Specter, Vogue, "73 Questions With Yara Shahidi: Grown-ish, James Baldwin, and Bucket List Goals," 25 Nov. 2020 Before reaching college age, Johnson won seven world karate titles to go along with nine national titles. Dallas News, "5 things to know about new Mavericks forward James Johnson, including his martial arts background," 23 Nov. 2020 Some of the in-person programs being offered are the art of T’ai Chi, line dancing, ballroom dancing, badminton, karate for kids, gymnastics for kids, dance classes for kids, art-ventures for kids, preschool play nights, and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 15 Oct. 2020 Odenkirk trained for two years with standout stuntman Daniel Bernhardt, learning a melange of boxing, jujitsu, karate, and judo moves, and delighting in the camera-ready beatdowns. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "First look at Bob Odenkirk's action thriller Nobody: 'I get the s--- kicked out of me'," 12 Nov. 2020 After getting a karate fix, here are 10 other hit shows based on movies to check out. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "After ‘Cobra Kai’: 10 hit shows based on movies," 10 Sep. 2020 Corrales had a brown belt in karate and unleashed a powerful kick, but Stewart negotiated his way through the kick and quickly sent Corrales sprawling to the dirt with a thunderous haymaker. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland’s own: From Joe Morgan to Rickey Henderson, the town could take any city in baseball," 17 Oct. 2020 Six-year-old Cameron practiced karate on Zoom in March until the weather warmed up in May and June, then switched to a parking lot before returning indoors. Nick Kelly, Star Tribune, "Minnesota youth sports play on unevenly as indoor seasons approach," 13 Oct. 2020 Some of the in-person programs being offered are the art of T’ai Chi, line dancing, ballroom dancing, badminton, karate for kids, gymnastics for kids, dance classes for kids, art-ventures for kids, preschool play nights, and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of karate

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for karate

Japanese, from kara empty + te hand

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The first known use of karate was in 1926

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Last Updated

2 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Karate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for karate

karate

noun
How to pronounce karate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of karate

: a form of fighting that was developed in Japan in which your feet and hands are used to kick and hit an opponent : a Japanese martial art

karate

noun
ka·​ra·​te | \ kə-ˈrä-tē How to pronounce karate (audio) \

Kids Definition of karate

: an art of self-defense developed in Japan in which an attacker is defeated by kicks and punches

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