tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
\ ˈtī-ˈchē How to pronounce tai chi (audio) , ˈtī-ˈjē \
variants: or less commonly t'ai chi or tai chi chuan or t'ai chi ch'ua \ ˈtī-​ˈchē-​chü-​ˈän How to pronounce tai chi (audio) , ˈtī-​ˈjē-​ \

Definition of tai chi

: an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises

Examples of tai chi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several classes are also available on-site, including tai chi, origami for kids and Zen study. Kaila Yu, CNN, 18 May 2021 The Strala approach combines yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine to help people release stress, heal, let go of negative habits, and move more quickly through everyday challenges. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 26 May 2021 There were also two performances, a soul line dance and a tai chi demonstration, two more activities available at the center. Ana Faguy, baltimoresun.com, 30 Apr. 2021 What results is the study and teaching of white crane kung fu, tai chi, and qigong. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Jake Mace has an ample library full of beginner through advanced tai chi. Kim Luongo, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2021 Shallah was an amateur sketch artist who practiced tai chi. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2021 For any of us, however, doing some yoga, tai chi or light stretching before bed could help with relaxation. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Mar. 2021 Oman has added a tai chi practice to improve her balance, and tunes in for a half-hour Silver Sneakers workout to keep moving. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of tai chi

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tai chi

Chinese (Beijing) tàijíquán, from tàijí the Absolute in Chinese cosmology + quán fist, boxing

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The first known use of tai chi was in 1954

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Last Updated

11 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tai chi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tai%20chi. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tai chi

: a Chinese form of exercise that uses very slow and controlled movements

tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
variants: also t'ai chi \ ˈtī-​ˈjē, -​ˈchē How to pronounce tai chi (audio) \ or tai chi chuan or t'ai chi ch'uan \ -​chü-​ˈän \

Medical Definition of tai chi

: an ancient Chinese discipline involving a continuous series of controlled usually slow movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tai chi


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