karate

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noun ka·ra·te \kə-ˈrä-tē\

Definition of karate

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

karateist

play \-tē-ist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of karate

Japanese, from kara empty + te hand


First Known Use: 1947


KARATE Defined for English Language Learners

karate

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noun ka·ra·te \kə-ˈrä-tē\

Definition of karate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

karate

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noun ka·ra·te \kə-ˈrä-tē\

Definition of karate for Students

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


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