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brown belt

noun, Martial Arts.
1.
a brown cloth waistband conferred upon a participant in one of the martial arts, as judo or karate, to indicate an intermediate rank.
2.
a person who has attained this rank.
3.
the rank itself.
Compare black belt (def 3), white belt.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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