Definition of yokozuna in English:

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yokozuna

Pronunciation: /ˌjəʊkəˈzuːnə/

noun (plural same)

A grand champion sumo wrestler: an aura of dignity is as necessary for a yokozuna as strength and skill
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

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with yokozuna

crooner, harpooner, lacuna, lacunar, lampooner, Luna, lunar, mizuna, Oona, oppugner, Poona, pruner, puna, schooner, spooner, Tristan da Cunha, tuna, tuner, Una, vicuña

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Line breaks: yoko|zuna

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