martial art

noun
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of martial art

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

martial artist

noun

Examples of martial art in a Sentence

  1. He was trained in the martial arts.

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First Known Use of martial art

1920


MARTIAL ART Defined for English Language Learners

martial art

noun

Definition of martial art for English Language Learners

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


MARTIAL ART Defined for Kids

martial art

noun

Definition of martial art for Students

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

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