Boxer

[ bok-ser ]
/ ˈbɒk sər /

noun

a member of a Chinese secret society that carried on an unsuccessful uprising, 1898–1900 (Boxer Rebellion), principally against foreigners, culminating in a siege of foreign legations in Peking that was put down by an international expeditionary force.

Origin of Boxer

translation of Chinese yìhé juǎn Righteous Harmony Fist, name of the militant policy of the yìhé tuán Righteous Harmony Group

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British Dictionary definitions for boxer rebellion

Boxer

/ (ˈbɒksə) /

noun

  1. a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
  2. (as modifier)the Boxer Rebellion

Word Origin for Boxer

C18: rough translation of Chinese I Ho Ch'üan, literally: virtuous harmonious fist, altered from I Ho T'uan virtuous harmonious society

boxer

/ (ˈbɒksə) /

noun

a person who boxes, either professionally or as a hobby; pugilist
a medium-sized smooth-haired breed of dog with a short nose and a docked tail
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Word Origin and History for boxer rebellion
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