WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ka•ra•te /kəˈrɑti/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Sporta Japanese method of self-defense using fast, hard blows with the hands, elbows, knees, or feet.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ka•ra•te  (kə rätē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by striking sensitive areas on an attacker's body with the hands, elbows, knees, or feet. Cf. judo, jujitsu.
  2. Sporta sport based on this method of self-defense.
  • Japanese, equivalent. to kara empty + te (earlier *tai) hand(s)
  • 1950–55

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

karate /kəˈrɑːtɪ/ n
  1. a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat, employing smashes, chops, kicks, etc, made with the hands, feet, elbows, or legs
  2. (as modifier): a karate chop to the head
Etymology: Japanese, literally: empty hand, from kara empty + te hand

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