Definitions

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  • noun sumo The highest rank of sumo wrestler, above ozeki; a grand champion.

Etymologies

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From Japanese 横綱 ‘wide rope’, the symbol of their rank worn about the waist.

Examples

  • A yokozuna is the very highest rank in sumo — "just like Mameha's position in Gion," as Nobu explained it to me.

    Memoirs of a Geisha

  • At left, former "yokozuna," or sumo grand champion, Asashoryu, right, demonstrated the ceremonial performance to mark the new year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Jan. 6.

    Sumo's Woes

  • AFP reports that The tournament was a disappointment for Kotooshu, a Bulgarian who had hoped for a strong showing to elevate him to the top rank of "yokozuna" or grand champion.

    Hakuho Wins Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament

  • He is only the eighth foreign and the second European wrestler to reach the position, the rank below the "yokozuna" or grand champion.

    Bangkokpost.com : Breaking News

  • He is only the eighth foreign and the second European wrestler to reach the position, the rank below the "yokozuna" or grand champion.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • He retains the record for the youngest wrestler to reach the top rank of "yokozuna" grand champion at age 21 years and two months.

    Turkish Press

  • "yokozuna" grand champions, along with his stablemaster Otake, 42, for taking part in illegal gambling on baseball.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines

  • A 34 year-old wrestler by the single name of Kotomitsuki, who reached the level of ozeki, or champion (one rank below yokozuna, or grand champion), is the highest-ranking wrestler barred from the tournament.

    Several Top Sumo Wrestlers Won't Compete in Tournament

  • The sport's reigning grand champion, or yokozuna, is a 25 year-old Mongolian named Hakuho (birthname: M nkhbatyn Davaajargal).

    Sumo Fans Shrug Off a Scandal

  • Hakuho, the massive Mongolian who is sumo's current grand champion, or yokozuna, apologized Sunday for the scandals.

    Chief of Sumo Governing Body Is Suspended

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