Etymology
Advertisement

tai chi (n.)

1736, the "supreme ultimate" in Taoism and Neo-Confucianism, from Chinese tai "extreme" + ji "limit." As the name of a form of martial arts training (said to have been developed by a priest in the Sung dynasty, 960-1279) it is first attested 1962, in full, tai chi ch'uan, with Chinese quan "fist."

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of tai chi

tai chi (n.)
a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health;
Synonyms: t'ai chi / t'ai chi chuan / tai chi chuan / taichi / taichichuan
From wordnet.princeton.edu