[ shin-toh ]
/ ˈʃɪn toʊ /


Also Shin·to·ism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.


Also Shin·to·is·tic. of, relating to, or characteristic of Shinto.

Origin of Shinto

< Japanese shintō, earlier shintau < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shéndào way of the gods

Related forms

Shin·to·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shinto


/ (ˈʃɪntəʊ) /


the indigenous religion of Japan, polytheistic in character and incorporating the worship of a number of ethnic divinities, from the chief of which the emperor is believed to be descended

Derived Forms

Shintoism, nounShintoist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for Shinto

C18: from Japanese: the way of the gods, from Chinese shên gods + tao way
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