WORD ORIGIN noun a Chinese martial art and form of stylized, meditative exercise, characterized by methodically slow circular and stretching movements and positions of bodily balance.
tai chi chuan; Pinyin
tai ji quan [ tahy jee ch] yahn /ˈtaɪ ˈdʒi ˈtʃüɑn/
Origin of t'ai chi ch'uan
First recorded in
1960–65, t'ai chi ch'uan is from the Chinese word tàijí quán literally, fist of the Great Absolute
t'ai chi, tai chi, tai ji.
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British Dictionary definitions for tai chi noun a Chinese system of callisthenics characterized by coordinated and rhythmic movements Often shortened to: t'ai chi ( ˈtaɪ ˈdʒiː) Word Origin for t'ai chi ch'uan
Chinese, literally: great art of boxing
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Word Origin and History for tai chi n.
1736, the "supreme ultimate" in Taoism and Neo-Confucianism, from Chinese
tai "extreme" + ji "limit." The form of martial arts training (said to have been developed by a priest in the Sung dynasty, 960-1279) is first attested 1962, in full, tai chi ch'uan, with Chinese quan "fist."
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