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kendo

[ken-doh] /ˈkɛn doʊ/
noun
1.
a Japanese form of fencing using bamboo staves, with the contestants wearing head guards and protective garments.
Origin of kendo
1920-1925
1920-25; < Japanese kendō, from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese jiàn “sword” + dào “way”; cf. Bushido, judo, Tao
Related forms
kendoist, noun
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  • kendo and his wife—wisely, I think—determined not to go to England.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • The kendo was ringing, and no one can possess or ring a kendo but a king.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • The kendo is the symbol of royalty in most of the tribes of this part of the interior of Africa.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • Every day Olenda beats his kendo; every day he comes to get a look at me.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • So, at every step the king made the kendo rang, and at last Olenda stood before me.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • We accordingly asked kendo to allow some of his people to assist us in digging a grave.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • A kendo, the insignia of chieftainship here, had been procured from the Shimba people, from whose country the kendo comes.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
  • Prince kendo complimented us, and evidently looked upon us as great hunters.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • kendo pointed it out to Charley and me, and entreated us to jump in, observing as he did so: “Wife dare.”

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • kendo shouted to us to go on and not stop for anything; a piece of advice we saw the wisdom of following.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for kendo

kendo

/ˈkɛndəʊ/
noun
1.
the Japanese art of fencing with pliable bamboo staves or, sometimes, real swords: strict conventions are observed
Word Origin
from Japanese
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