su·​mo | \ ˈsü-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce sumo (audio) \

Definition of sumo

: a Japanese form of wrestling in which a contestant loses if he is forced out of the ring or if any part of his body except the soles of his feet touches the ground

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Recent Examples on the Web Legs and Glutes Workouts Try air squats, side step squats, sumo squats, jump squats, and even weighted squats. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "The Best At-Home Workouts to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit, According to Personal Trainers," 23 Dec. 2020 Readers condemned the layout, which was shot in Japan by Mikael Jansson and included a photograph of Ms. Kloss with a sumo wrestler. New York Times, "The White Issue: Has Anna Wintour’s Diversity Push Come Too Late?," 24 Oct. 2020 Expect to see traditional Noh theater, sumo, horseback archery and more. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Anniversaries and Events Worth Traveling for in 2020," 24 Jan. 2020 No sumo wrestlers, no dizzy-bat races, no fireworks. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Minor League Baseball is canceled for 2020 season," 30 June 2020 The wrestler belonged to the Takadagawa stable and competed in sumo's seventh division. Yoko Wakatsuki And Ben Morse, CNN, "Sumo wrestler Shobushi, 28, is sport's first coronavirus death," 13 May 2020 And the spring sumo tournament—a touchstone of the Japanese calendar—will unfold in an empty arena. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Canceled Games and Empty Stadiums: Will the Coronavirus Spread to Sports?," 2 Mar. 2020 In 2014, the national sumo association hosted a promotional event where women could get their photos taken in the arms of sumo wrestlers. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Women Barred From Sumo Ring, Even to Save a Man’s Life," 5 Apr. 2018 Even toddlers learn the sport in Korea, pressing their backsides against each other and then using their legs to force the other toddler out of the ring — like sumo, only behind-to-behind rather than belly-to-belly. John Leland, New York Times, "Mr. Kim’s Lonely Fight to Preserve a Korean Tradition," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sumo

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sumo

Japanese sumō

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“Sumo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sumo

: a Japanese form of wrestling that is performed by very large men

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