martial art
noun Date: 1928 any of several arts of combat and self defense (as karate and judo) that are widely practiced as sport • martial artist noun

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  • martial art — n. any of various systems of self defense originating in E Asia, such as karate or kung fu, also engaged in as a sport usually used in pl. * * * Any of several arts of combat and self defense that are widely practiced as sport. There are armed… …   Universalium

  • martial art — n [C usually plural] a sport such as ↑judo or ↑karate, in which you fight with your hands and feet. Martial arts were developed in Eastern Asia ▪ a martial arts expert …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • martial art — martial arts N COUNT A martial art is one of the methods of fighting, often without weapons, that come from the Far East, for example kung fu, karate, or judo …   English dictionary

  • martial art — noun count * a sport that is a traditional Asian form of fighting such as KARATE, JUDO, or KUNG FU …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • martial art — n. any of various systems of self defense originating in E Asia, such as karate or kung fu, also engaged in as a sport usually used in pl …   English World dictionary

  • martial art — noun any of several Oriental arts of weaponless self defense; usually practiced as a sport he had a black belt in the martial arts • Hypernyms: ↑self defense, ↑self defence, ↑self protection • Hyponyms: ↑aikido, ↑judo, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • martial art */ — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms martial art : singular martial art plural martial arts a sport that is a traditional Asian form of fighting such as karate, judo, or kung fu …   English dictionary

  • martial art — art of fighting, art of combat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • martial art — mar′tial art′ n. spo Usu., martial arts. any of various forms of East Asian self defense or combat utilizing physical skill and coordination, as karate or judo, often practiced as a sport mar′tial art′ist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • martial art — noun a) Commonly, any of several fighting styles which contain systematised methods of training for combat, both armed and unarmed; often practised as a sport, e.g. boxing, karate, judo, Silat, wrestling, or Muay Thai. 1832 ...of all the modes by …   Wiktionary

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