kendo

noun
ken·​do | \ ˈken-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce kendo (audio) \

Definition of kendo

: a Japanese sport of fencing usually with bamboo swords

Examples of kendo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "From rowing to kendo: Why I learn new sports on trips and you should, too," 31 Dec. 2019 The excerpt below opens things from Quan’s point of view and introduces us to a fierce woman kicking everyone’s butt in a kendo tournament. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "See the cover of Helen Hoang's third romance novel, The Heart Principle," 12 Sep. 2019 Streetwise and capable of wielding her shepherd’s staff like a kendo master, Bo still takes Woody’s breath away, but what hope is there for two toys adrift on the seas of fate? Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 20 June 2019 Kingston then showed off a vicious side, randomly grabbing a kendo stick from under the ring (Why was that even there? Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Bray Wyatt as 'The Fiend' Captivates the Otherwise Uneven SummerSlam," 12 Aug. 2019 Streetwise and capable of wielding her shepherd’s staff like a kendo master, Bo still takes Woody’s breath away, but what hope is there for two toys adrift on the seas of fate? Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 20 June 2019 Streetwise and capable of wielding her shepherd’s staff like a kendo master, Bo still takes Woody’s breath away, but what hope is there for two toys adrift on the seas of fate? Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 20 June 2019 Numerous weapons were involved -- in particular, Evans was hit many times on the back with a wooden kendo stick and was put through a table by Lynch. Jay Reddick, orlandosentinel.com, "Lacey Evans making herself at home in WWE," 19 July 2019 Streetwise and capable of wielding her shepherd’s staff like a kendo master, Bo still takes Woody’s breath away, but what hope is there for two toys adrift on the seas of fate? Kenneth Turan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of kendo

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kendo

Japanese kendō, from ken sword + art

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“Kendo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kendo. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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