ro·​tis·​ser·​ie | \ rō-ˈtis-rē How to pronounce rotisserie (audio) , -ˈti-sə-\

Definition of rotisserie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a restaurant specializing in broiled and barbecued meats
2 : an appliance fitted with a spit on which food is rotated before or over a source of heat


adjective, often capitalized

Definition of rotisserie (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a sports league consisting of imaginary teams whose performance is based on the statistics of actual players a rotisserie baseball league

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Add some of that rotisserie chicken, and dinner’s on the table. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "All processed food isn’t bad. We took a nutritionist shopping to find reasonable options.," 9 Sep. 2019 Keep the lid up or off and flip your food often, almost like a rotisserie. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Grilling Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 This countertop oven can bake two pizzas at the same time and even fits a whole rotisserie chicken. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "Get everything on your college packing checklist delivered next day — for free!," 26 Aug. 2019 In the traditional way of Mexican rosticerias, the meat gets its flavor from being slow roasted on a rotisserie. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 Lobster was roasted on a rotisserie, sending some of the shell’s flavor into the meat, which was then given a very luxurious bath in curry butter. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 The all-day neighborhood rotisserie and bar is helmed by Andrew Holden, also a force behind poultry specialist Branch Line in Watertown and Eastern Standard in the Fenway. Kara Baskin,, "Say hello to Shy Bird and soon-to-arrive Orfano," 21 Aug. 2019 Three oceans east, French West Indies planters combined their own rotisserie techniques with plein-air grilling methods of the Indigenous Peoples to develop one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated culinary contributions: the barbecue. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 The traditional method for cooking the meat employs an electric vertical rotisserie on which layers of sliced and marinated leg of lamb are stacked. Washington Post, "Dive into a Greek gyro, with lamb and yogurt sauce in a pita," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Among the main courses are rotisserie chicken, pork chops and a burger, and also a whole black sea bass for two and a Florentine T-bone, also for two. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Leonelli Taberna Opens in NoMad," 19 June 2018 Other options include: A rotisserie lamb plate with tomato orzo au jus and a roll. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans Greek Fest invites you to dine, wine on the bayou," 22 May 2018 On the menu: Classic chicken dishes plus rotisserie feasts and wings for large parties. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "Clucker's menu is all about chicken," 26 Mar. 2018 Color your chili white instead of red by substituting pulled rotisserie chicken for beef and white beans for the more traditional red kidney version. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A bird in hand: Rotisserie chicken is the answer to many a dinner," 5 Sep. 2017 Stir together rotisserie chicken meat, chipotle chile in adobo, ground cumin and garlic powder. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Taco Pizzas," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of rotisserie


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rotisserie


French rôtisserie, from Middle French rostisserie, from rostir to roast — more at roast


from La Rotisserie Française, restaurant in New York City where a group of fans began the organization of a fantasy baseball league in 1979

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English Language Learners Definition of rotisserie

: a piece of equipment that turns meat over a source of heat so that it cooks on all sides

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