tem·​pu·​ra | \ ˈtem-pə-rə How to pronounce tempura (audio) , -ˌrä; tem-ˈpu̇r-ə How to pronounce tempura (audio) \

Definition of tempura

: seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and fried in deep fat

Examples of tempura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or dip in a tempura-style batter and fry until golden and crisp. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 The star attraction lived up to the hype, chunky nuggets fried crispy gold, not greasy, almost tempura light-like. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Place dipped tempura into the oil a few pieces at a time and fry until golden brown, remove and drain on paper towels. Outside Online, 28 June 2022 In a recent version, the okra was sliced lengthwise down the middle, coated in a tempura batter, then deep fried and served with a homemade hot sauce. New York Times, 11 July 2022 Cut your avocados into quarters or eighths and dip into the tempura batter to cover completely. Outside Online, 28 June 2022 Pudgy prawns are treated to a tempura batter and delicately fried (€18.95). John Mariani, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Instead of french fries, there are beech mushrooms dipped in tempura and seasoned with warm spices. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 The menu’s backed up by creative appetizers like sweet-hot tempura shrimp, Maryland crab cakes and five-layer Mexican party dip. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tempura.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of tempura

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempura

Japanese tenpura

Buying Guide

Learn a new skill with these sushi making kits selected by our Reviews team.

Learn More About tempura

Time Traveler for tempura

Time Traveler

The first known use of tempura was in 1920

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near tempura




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for tempura

Last Updated

2 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Tempura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempura. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on tempura

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tempura


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!