Meaning of “Shinto” in the English Dictionary


"Shinto" in English

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Shintonoun [ U ]

uk /ˈʃɪn.təʊ/ us /ˈʃɪn.toʊ/ also Shintoism,

Examples from literature

  • In this respect, Japan’s Shinto and Buddhist heritage plays an important role. 
  • Shinto involves the worship of Kami. 
  • Shinto is a set of religious beliefs and practices native to Japan and was first recorded in the 8th century. 
  • Shinto’s main aim is to keep in harmony with the surrounding world by showing respect for the kami that inhabit it. 
  • This may be linked to Japan’s Shinto religion, whose followers regard all things as having spirits. 
  • While Buddhism and Shinto are officially separate, in reality most people practice them together. 

(Definition of “Shinto” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Shinto" in American English

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Shintonoun [ U ]

/ˈʃɪn·toʊ/ also Shintoism, us /ˈʃɪn·toʊˌɪz·əm/

world history a religion of Japan that emphasizes the spirits of nature and being loyal to the Japanese emperor (= ruler)

(Definition of “Shinto” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)