Definition of yokozuna in English:


Syllabification: yo·ko·zu·na
Pronunciation: /ˌyōkəˈzo͞onə

noun (plural same)

  • A grand champion sumo wrestler.
    More example sentences
    • By tradition a yokozuna, once anointed, cannot be demoted.
    • He has proven himself to be a remarkable yokozuna, and his last yusho was a classic example of sheer will and determination.
    • The former yokozuna is expected to continue to be an occasional sumo commentator with some TV stations as well


Japanese, from yoko 'crosswise' + tsuna 'rope' (originally denoting a kind of belt presented to the champion).

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