karate

noun
ka·ra·te | \ kə-ˈrä-tē \

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 \ noun

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For example, the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games won approval for their proposal to add baseball, softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the list of Olympic sports next year. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Ultimate Frisbee is likely to fly into the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games. You can see the world's top players here in Greater Cincinnati," 12 July 2018 Long story short: Detectives from the District Attorney’s Office traced the emails and arrested the guy, who had mental problems and a black belt in karate. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Note to U.S. journalists: Whine not | Stu Bykofsky," 5 July 2018 Johnny stumbles into the idea of teaching karate, reviving the Cobra Kai dojo, as a way of getting his mojo back, and not incidentally helping out a nerdy kid, Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who's subjected to his share of abuse at school. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Karate Kid' spinoff 'Cobra Kai' delivers a hit for YouTube Red," 2 May 2018 Co-ed sports are offered in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, karate, among other sports at both locations. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Israeli counselors, several programs featured at Camp Shalom," 29 June 2018 Camp activities include karate, basketball, tennis, soccer, cooking, science, yoga, music, dance gymnastics, art, magic, field trips, Shabbat, spirit rallies and more. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Broward, Miami-Dade JCCs offer summer camp programs," 6 June 2018 Along with weekly field trips, daily extracurriculars include: swimming, sports, dance, karate, golf, and arts and crafts. Mónica Marie Zorilla, Philly.com, "45 affordable summer camps for kids," 5 June 2018 The story of a young karate master whose home was invaded by a robber. Mark Duplass And Jay Duplass, New York Times, "The Duplass Brothers: The First Time We Got Cable TV," 30 Apr. 2018 The restaurant is located in a strip mall that has facilities for swimming, karate and dance, and across the street from offices. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Fast-casual restaurants continue to pop up in the north suburbs," 22 May 2018

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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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karate

noun

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 \

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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