[ ahy-kee-doh; Japanese ahy-kee-daw ]
/ aɪˈki doʊ; Japanese ˈaɪ kiˌdɔ /


a Japanese form of self-defense utilizing wrist, joint, and elbow grips to immobilize or throw one's opponent.


Nearby words

  1. aiguille,
  2. aiguillette,
  3. aih,
  4. aiken,
  5. aiken, conrad,
  6. aikona,
  7. ail,
  8. ailanthus,
  9. ailanthus silkworm,
  10. aileen

Origin of aikido

1960–65; < Japanese aikidō, equivalent to ai to coordinate + ki breath control + way (< Middle Chinese; see judo) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aikido

  • Aikido, The Way of Harmony, teaches tranquility in the use of force, and compares it to the calm in the eye of a hurricane.

British Dictionary definitions for aikido


/ (ˈaɪkɪdəʊ) /


a Japanese system of self-defence employing similar principles to judo, but including blows from the hands and feet

Word Origin for aikido

from Japanese, from ai to join, receive + ki spirit, force + do way

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Word Origin and History for aikido



Japanese art of self-defense, 1936, literally "way of adapting the spirit," from Japanese ai "together" + ki "spirit" + do "way, art," from Chinese tao "way."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper