tae kwon do

or tae·kwon·do

[ tahy kwon doh ]
/ ˈtaɪ ˈkwɒn ˈdoʊ /

noun

a Korean martial art, a particularly aggressive form of karate, that utilizes punches, jabs, chops, blocking and choking moves, and especially powerful, leaping kicks.

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Origin of tae kwon do

1965–70; < Korean t’aekwŏndo, equivalent to t’ae- trample (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese tái) + kwŏn fist (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese quán) + -do, combining form of to way (< Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese dào)

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British Dictionary definitions for tae kwon do

tae kwon do

/ (ˈtaɪ ˈkwɒn ˈdəʊ, ˈteɪ) /

noun

a Korean martial art that resembles karate

Word Origin for tae kwon do

C20: Korean tae kick + kwon fist + do way, method

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Word Origin and History for tae kwon do

tae kwon do

1967, from Korean, from tae "kick" + kwon "fist" + do "art, way, method."

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