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brown belt

noun, Martial Arts.
a brown cloth waistband conferred upon a participant in one of the martial arts, as judo or karate, to indicate an intermediate rank.
a person who has attained this rank.
the rank itself.
Compare black belt (def 3), white belt.
Origin of brown belt
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Below white, with a blue belt across the breast, and the female with a brown belt also.

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    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues

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