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

Examples of rotisserie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The air fryer comes with 12 functions, including French fry, rotisserie, and eggs. Popular Science, "This Vortex air fryer is the coolest way to crisp up dinner," 12 Mar. 2021 Oven air fryers usually have additional features like toast or rotisserie. Bre Richey,, "The best air fryer for a family of four," 23 Feb. 2021 And what to do with the leftovers... Local celebrity chef April Thompson showed readers how to make four meals with just one rotisserie chicken. cleveland, "Best rotisserie chicken? We clucked our way through 8 grocery stores: Taste test results," 19 Mar. 2021 Cheetos topped with shredded rotisserie chicken, blue cheese slaw, and hot sauce is the so-wrong-it's-right snack that's perfect for the Super Bowl. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Red Hot and Blue Chicken Snack Bag," 13 Jan. 2021 Bordeaux was known for chef Dominique Macquet’s rotisserie cooked meats. Will Coviello,, "Misa restaurant opens where Bordeaux used to be in Uptown," 5 Oct. 2020 Shawarma is one of the most popular street foods in the world, with its iconic slowly-turning vertical rotisserie of meat that is cut into thin slices. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Sufrãt brings Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes to Pembroke Pines," 30 Dec. 2020 The pork chop is rubbed with seasoning and cured, then roasted on a rotisserie with pecan wood. Veronica Hinke,, "Instead of a list of best meals, this year we’re celebrating how suburban Chicago restaurants got creative amid COVID-19 restrictions," 16 Dec. 2020 In between, Meijer employees also received free rotisserie chicken with sides several times. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Kroger, other retailers see 'eye-popping profits' as workers reap little benefit," 5 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Doctor up rotisserie or cooked chicken for this 10-minute dinner. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Baja chicken wrap provides quick meal with little prep," 26 Mar. 2021 According to Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, in a meeting with U.S. negotiators in March, Salles showed a slide with an image of a dog staring longingly at a rotisserie chicken stamped with dollar signs. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Biden Wants a Deal with Brazil’s Far-Right President to Protect the Amazon. But Can Bolsonaro Be Trusted?," 20 Apr. 2021 There is rotisserie, purchased precooked from the store, and whole raw chicken roasted on onions, carrots, and potatoes. Nicole Walker, New York Times, "How Pandemic Lunches Gave Me Hope for the Planet," 15 Feb. 2021 Who doesn’t love the convenience -- not to mention deliciousness -- of rotisserie chickens sold in grocery stores? cleveland, "Best rotisserie chicken? We clucked our way through 8 grocery stores: Taste test results," 19 Mar. 2021 There are gas grills with multiple heat control zones, side burners and rotisserie functions. Steven John, Forbes, "9 Of The Best Gas Grills For Your Next Backyard Barbecue," 19 Mar. 2021 Wylie Wong, a writer in San Jose, heard a racist comment blaming Chinese people for the coronavirus while shopping for rotisserie chicken. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "There’s been a surge of attacks against Asian Americans in the Bay Area," 25 Feb. 2021 Boston Markets new line also includes a Nashville Hot rotisserie chicken meal and a Nashville hot crispy chicken meal. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Boston Market debuts chicken sandwich and here's where to get it for free," 27 Jan. 2021 Note: Make your own roast chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken. Star Tribune, "Sunday supper: Lemony Chicken and Charred Artichoke Pasta," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Rotisserie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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

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