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 formsShin·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



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 FormsShintoism, 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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Word Origin and History for shinto



native religious system of Japan, 1727, from Chinese shin tao "way of the gods," from shin "god, gods, spirit" + tao "way, path, doctrine." Related: Shintoism.

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