Definition of karate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈrɑːti//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrɑːti//
[uncountable] Combat sports
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a Japanese system of fighting in which you use your hands and feet as weapons a karate chop (= a blow with the side of the hand) She has a brown belt in karate. a 34-year-old karate black belt See related entries: Combat sports Word OriginJapanese, from kara ‘empty’ + te ‘hand’.
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