A Japanese system of self-defense characterized chiefly by sharp, quick blows delivered with the hands and feet.
Webster's New World
Origin of Karate
Borrowed from Japanese 空手 (karate), from 唐手 (karate), from Okinawan 唐手 (tūdī, “empty hand”).
Japanese kara empty te hand
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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