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kendo

[ken-doh]
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noun
  1. a Japanese form of fencing using bamboo staves, with the contestants wearing head guards and protective garments.
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Origin of kendo

1920–25; < Japanese kendō, from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese jiàn “sword” + dào “way”; cf. Bushido, judo, Tao
Related formsken·do·ist, noun
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for kendo

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for kendo

kendo

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

from Japanese
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