ken·​do ˈken-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce kendo (audio)
: a Japanese sport of fencing usually with bamboo swords

Examples of kendo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bunny was introduced to a massive pop from the crowd, and pushed a shopping cart filled with traditional street fight weapons (garbage cans, chairs and kendo sticks) to the ring. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2023 Bunny hit the leg with a kendo stick and a steel chair. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2023 Damian Priest escaped, leaving Dominik to get lit up with a kendo stick. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Hikaru Shida hit the ring, kendo stick in hand, only to embrace with The Outcasts. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 3 May 2023 The three-time Grammy winner made his grand entrance wearing a brown cowboy hat, oversize orange button-down and light-wash jeans and wielding a kendo stick, just before Priest was about to finish off Rey Mysterio for throwing a steel chair at his face. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 25 Apr. 2023 See live entertainment such as dancing, storybox story-telling, a geisha opera singer, kendo and karate demonstrations, taiko drummers and a Japanese lion dance. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2023 Years ago, Eden organized gatherings in parks using bamboo swords from the martial art of kendo. oregonlive, 6 July 2021 Why my kendo experience will stick with me My sensei, a jovial middle-aged man who wore a puffer vest and Minion socks, became a gruff Kendo master once his white armor was laced up. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History


Japanese kendō, from ken sword + art

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kendo was in 1921

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“Kendo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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