sen·​sei | \ ˈsen-ˌsā How to pronounce sensei (audio) \
plural sensei or senseis

Definition of sensei

: a teacher or instructor usually of Japanese martial arts (such as karate or judo)

Examples of sensei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coming across a young boy getting bullied, Johnny fights off the attackers, who happen to be high school kids — and a sensei and his student are born. Joe Toreno, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 The new footage shows the Eagle Fang sensei in Mexico with his own son, Robby (Tanner Buchanan) — who is none too pleased that his dad tricked him into helping find his nemesis. Kristen Baldwin,, 6 May 2022 Heeding one of their longtime friends, a skateboarding sensei and promoter, will Hawk’s buddies intervene and save Hawk from himself? Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Their fortunes are reversed in the TV series, where Lawrence is a divorced, often out-of-work handyman and former sensei of the ruthless dojo Cobra Kai. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Based on the teaser clip, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) aren't going to have an easy time blending their two very different sensei styles. Kristen Baldwin,, 25 Sep. 2021 As co-founder of the Cobra Kai dojo along with John Kreese (Martin Kove), Silver quickly went from Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Maccio) sensei to his opponent in 1989’s Karate Kid III. Cydney Lee, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 It was run by Luis Ruiz, who remains Wasowicz’s sensei, or coach. New York Times, 16 July 2021 The phone call from my sensei guide confirmed that impression. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sensei

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sensei

Japanese, teacher, master

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Last Updated

31 Jul 2022

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“Sensei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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