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karate

[kuh-rah-tee] /kəˈrɑ ti/
noun
1.
a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by striking sensitive areas on an attacker's body with the hands, elbows, knees, or feet.
Compare judo, jujitsu.
2.
a sport based on this method of self-defense.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; < Japanese, equivalent to kara empty + te (earlier *tai) hand(s)
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British Dictionary definitions for karate

karate

/kəˈrɑːtɪ/
noun
1.
  1. a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat, employing smashes, chops, kicks, etc, made with the hands, feet, elbows, or legs
  2. (as modifier): a karate chop to the head
Word Origin
Japanese, literally: empty hand, from kara empty + te hand
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Word Origin and History for karate
n.

1955, Japanese, literally "empty hand, bare hand," from kara "empty" + te "hand." A devotee is a karateka.

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