Definition of “karate” - English Dictionary

british dictionary

“karate” in British English

See all translations

karatenoun [ U ]

uk /kəˈrɑː.ti/ us /kəˈrɑː.t̬i/

Examples from literature

  • A long time ago, people used them to fight in wars. But today, martial arts, like karate and judo, are sports. 
  • Kickboxing combines styles from various types of fighting sports including boxing, karate, and muay Thai, a type of boxing popular in Thailand. 

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

“karate” in American English

See all translations

karatenoun [ U ]

us /kəˈrɑ·t̬i/

a method of fighting that uses fast, hard hits with the hands or feet

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