Definition of white belt in English:

white belt


  • 1A white belt worn by a beginner in judo or karate.

    • ‘The protégé of Bruce Lee and a black belt in many martial arts, he is always the first to tie on a white belt and try something that he is not good at.’
    • ‘At first of course, I had a white belt, and when I attained a higher grade, I took it home and dyed it.’
    • ‘Inside, people trickled onto a long, white canvas mat dressed in white gis (traditional martial arts uniforms) and white belts.’
    • ‘For the first three grades students wore a white belt or sash, while for the next three grades he wore brown.’
    • ‘And one must not forget the half dozen individuals who have trained with us regularly for several years and still wear white belts, thanks to our ‘no grading’ policy.’
    1. 1.1 A person wearing a white belt.
      • ‘Instructor Michael Snelders said: ‘I remember him as an eight-year-old white belt and it's tremendous to see how he has realised his potential.’’
      • ‘Group 1 consists of white belts that have just started Judo training or have been in training for no more than one month.’
      • ‘As a white belt (starting over in a new Shorin Ryu style of karate), I am not in the position to do that kind of thing.’
      • ‘There were evenings when we had only black belts; white belts would come in, but they would usually drop right out.’