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

He was trained in the martial arts.
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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of martial art was in 1904

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“Martial art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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martial art

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

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