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

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Motschenbacher-Hammer, according to her biography in the book, is a Master fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and a first Kyu Shorin-Ryu/Shotokan Japanese karate. Danelle Landis, The Seattle Times, "Ketchikan author discusses new fantasy novel," 30 Mar. 2019 The Harbour Club also has a kids club that offers dance, karate, and yoga classes for little members. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince William Reportedly Works Out with Moms from Prince George's School," 16 Apr. 2019 Tokyo proposed five new sports—baseball/softball and karate (both of which are very popular in Japan), plus skateboarding, climbing, and surfing—and all were approved. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "These Are the New Sports We May See at the 2024 Summer Olympics," 27 Feb. 2019 The owner had had a stroke at 35 and his daughter, a black belt in karate, helped him rehab. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 And certainly the Miyagi karate style is all about that zen, finding your balance and karate for defense only. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio and William Zabka on Reprising Their Roles 34 Years Later," 2 May 2018 He had been offered a teaching position at a karate school, at a time when few American martial arts academies distinguished between Japanese karate and Korean taekwondo. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jhoon Rhee, who helped popularize taekwondo in the U.S., dies at 86," 4 May 2018 He had been offered a teaching position at a karate school, at a time when few American martial arts academies distinguished between Japanese karate and Korean tae kwon do. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Jhoon Rhee, who helped popularize tae kwon do in the US, dies at 86," 4 May 2018 When events conspire to bring the old foes back into both karate and one another’s orbit, history repeats itself in melodramatic fashion. Jeremy Egner, New York Times, "‘Karate Kid’ Revisited: This Rivalry Is Not Quite Ready for a Body Bag," 26 Apr. 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 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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