noun, plural do·jos.

a school or practice hall where karate, judo, or other martial arts are taught.

Origin of dojo

1940–45; < Japanese dōjō Buddhist seminary, drill hall < MChin transliteration of Sanskrit bodhi-maṇḍa literally, seat of wisdom (equivalent to Chinese dàochǎng) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dojo


noun plural -jos

a room or hall for the practice of martial arts

Word Origin for dojo

C20: from Japanese dōjō Buddhist seminary, from Sanskrit bodhi-manda seat of wisdom
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Word Origin and History for dojo

"hall in which judo is practiced," 1942, from Japanese.

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