[ahy-kee-doh; Japanese ahy-kee-daw]


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


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

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British Dictionary definitions for aikido



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."

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