martial art

noun

Definition of martial art

: any of several arts of combat and self-defense (such as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sport

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from martial art

martial artist noun

Examples of martial art in a Sentence

He was trained in the martial arts.

Recent Examples on the Web

One location in particular is painted in loving, lush detail — a spacious martial arts sanctuary in the middle of a sprawling garden. Danelle Landis, The Seattle Times, "Ketchikan author discusses new fantasy novel," 30 Mar. 2019 His current position puts him at the top of an operation that includes art fairs, model agencies, UFC—the martial arts federation—and the Miss Universe organization. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Who Is Lauren Sanchez's Husband, Patrick Whitesell?," 8 Feb. 2019 Queen Rania of Jordan joined her husband, King Abdullah, earlier today in Amman to meet with the national martial arts sports team. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Mixes Local and Global Designers Like a Royal Pro," 12 Sep. 2018 The 22-year-old Van Varenberg is the youngest son of Van Damme, known for his martial arts action films of the 1980s and 1990s. Fox News, "Jean-Claude Van Damme's son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident," 16 Aug. 2018 Rajman’s wallet was found in a neighbor’s front yard, along with a martial arts sword and Rajman’s phone. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Records reveal MMA fighter Aaron Rajman was killed in drug robbery gone bad," 29 June 2018 This inclusive, cross-cultural event features performances by the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and a martial arts demonstration from Zhang Sah Martial Arts, food trucks, and a Kids’ Zone, among other attractions. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Where to find free food in Philly for July Fourth," 27 June 2018 Clapping and thigh slapping recall juba dancing, and a circle dance suggests the rudimentary moves of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form capoeira. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one," 29 June 2018 Taekwondo became prominent in Korea after a ban on martial arts was lifted with the end of the Japanese occupation in 1945. New York Times, "Jhoon Rhee, Athletic Ambassador of Taekwondo, Dies at 86," 6 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'martial art.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of martial art

1920, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about martial art

Statistics for martial art

Last Updated

22 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for martial art

The first known use of martial art was in 1920

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for martial art

martial art

noun

English Language Learners Definition of martial art

: any one of several forms of fighting and self-defense (such as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sports

martial art

noun

Kids Definition of martial art

: any of several forms of combat and self-defense (as karate or judo) that are widely practiced as sports

More from Merriam-Webster on martial art

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with martial art

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about martial art

Comments on martial art

What made you want to look up martial art? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!