su·​shi | \ ˈsü-shē also ˈsu̇- How to pronounce sushi (audio) \

Definition of sushi

: cold rice dressed with vinegar, formed into any of various shapes, and garnished especially with bits of raw seafood or vegetables

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From burgers to sushi, Executive Chef Gary Davis excels in fine dining at Great American Ball Park. Polly Campbell,, "Try to keep up with the chef of a 40,000-seat baseball-themed restaurant," 9 July 2019 My first cooking lesson was for gimbap, seaweed rice rolls that are the Korean equivalent of sushi. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appétit, "How Much Kimchi Do I Have to Eat to Stop Feeling Like a Bad Korean?," 3 July 2019 Tokyo is there in your morning matcha latte, your afternoon bowl of miso, that dinner of sushi. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 On an everyday basis, many Americans are now familiar with sushi. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 Will meet everyone’s needs, from steak to sushi to pizza (and top-notch cucumber-mint lemonade). Jeff Opdyke,, "Crimea is an unexpected beauty set against an unsettled history," 23 June 2019 Small plates range from Spanish tapas and Cuban empanadas, to sushi, poke and crudités. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "Rooftop dining across the country," 11 Apr. 2018 But for those craving poke — as well as sushi, sashimi and ramen — this charmingly tiny restaurant has much to offer. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Poke Stop sure-footed as it catches first wave of Hawaiian-dining trend in Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 Some airport restaurants are flying in fish fresh from Japan daily for sushi. Kyle Arnold,, "Orlando airport embraces 'farm to terminal' restaurant trend," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sushi

1893, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sushi

: a Japanese dish of cold cooked rice shaped in small cakes and topped or wrapped with other ingredients (such as pieces of raw fish)

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