sensei

noun
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 The sensei leading the training session at Mie Nishi is Kioshi Shimazaki, one of the few nikkeis at the gym on a Sunday morning. Jill Langlois, Los Angeles Times, "In Brazil, land of beaches and samba, a sumo wrestling academy thrives," 10 Sep. 2019 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 Their devotion to this training space feels peculiar in its intensity, as does their covetous desire for their sensei’s approval. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 19 July 2019 Their devotion to this training space feels peculiar in its intensity, as does their covetous desire for their sensei’s approval. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 18 July 2019 Their devotion to this training space feels peculiar in its intensity, as does their covetous desire for their sensei’s approval. Justin Chang, Detroit Free Press, "‘Art of Self-Defense’ takes comic aim at masculinity," 18 July 2019 Bennett seems as if he were born for the job as the world’s friendliest running sensei. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Thinking About the Next Marathon? This Virtual Coach Will Help You Train," 21 Nov. 2019 Their devotion to this training space feels peculiar in its intensity, as does their covetous desire for their sensei’s approval. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 19 July 2019 Their devotion to this training space feels peculiar in its intensity, as does their covetous desire for their sensei’s approval. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ takes violent comic aim at toxic masculinity," 18 July 2019

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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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4 Mar 2020

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“Sensei.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensei. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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