Definition of karate in English:

karate

noun

  • [mass noun] An oriental system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows, widely practised as a sport.

    • ‘He was already highly skilled in the martial arts, having obtained a black belt in karate.’
    • ‘Her black belt from karate was the only thing that would give her ability to fight away.’
    • ‘Chris gained his black belt in both karate and judo almost 25 years ago.’
    • ‘She whomps the male agents in the gym in karate and judo workouts and packs a mean punch.’
    • ‘It is a fact that karate, judo, kendo, and iaido are much easier to learn than aikido.’
    • ‘It gives me a chance to bring back all the fond memories I have of my karate training days.’
    • ‘Samantha has trained in karate and helps to teach other youngsters the martial art.’
    • ‘Even if you are in a contact sport like rugby, boxing or karate, you should know when your body needs a rest.’
    • ‘Then she hired a fourth degree black belt in karate and did martial arts training.’
    • ‘The women who take karate will be testing for their black belts within the next six months.’
    • ‘He also runs regularly and has taken up two different martial arts - karate and wing chun, a form of tai chi.’
    • ‘Karate kicks, karate chops, these impress referees, but they were just added when it became a sport.’
    • ‘I teach karate at one of my three martial arts clubs, in Gourock, Greenock and Erskine.’
    • ‘Most of us in karate or other martial arts were taught to form a basic closed fist.’
    • ‘Abdel practises karate at the Nahadha Sports Club near Baghdad's city centre.’
    • ‘He spent nearly a year studying kendo, karate and other Japanese martial arts.’
    • ‘She clenched her fists in front of her chest but I was the one with a black belt in karate.’
    • ‘I have a blackbelt in karate, but that doesn't prepare you for all that wire work.’
    • ‘The karate practitioners spar with each other while kick boxers flex and twist their limbs.’
    • ‘First we did judo and karate, then Zacarias played handball and I played basketball.’

Origin

Japanese, from kara empty + te hand.

Pronunciation:

karate

/kəˈrɑːti/