su·​shi ˈsü-shē How to pronounce sushi (audio)
 also  ˈsu̇-
: cold rice dressed with vinegar, formed into any of various shapes, and garnished especially with bits of raw seafood or vegetables

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were spotted going out to dinner at Sushi Bar, a sushi restaurant at the Montecito Inn. Town & Country, 16 May 2023 The aim was to create a sushi ecosystem for Los Angeles. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Kakuna Sushi’s Milpitas location also offers casual sushi bar items like California rolls and crunchy tempura rolls. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2023 Dive into sushi deals, get steamy with dumpling dinners and quench your thirst for knowledge with trivia night. Brian May Maestro, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2023 Ricardo Juárez, a sushi chef from Riverside, California, was the man who was asking his girlfriend, Stephani Gutierrez, to marry him. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2023 The pair were spotted together several times in early 2018 as they were photographed out to lunch and on a sushi date. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2023 The quintessential date night sushi and cocktail spot? Brooke Viggiano, Chron, 16 Mar. 2023 For several years, Kiyoshi Kimura, the president of the Japanese sushi chain Sushi Zanmai, has ruled over the first tuna auction of the new year. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sushi was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Sushi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


su·​shi ˈsü-shē How to pronounce sushi (audio)
: cold rice formed into any of various shapes and topped or wrapped with pieces of often raw seafood or vegetables

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