tem·​pu·​ra ˈtem-pə-rə How to pronounce tempura (audio)
tem-ˈpu̇r-ə How to pronounce tempura (audio)
: seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and fried in deep fat

Examples of tempura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flouting Japanese vernacular, this space is closed off via glass doors from the rest of the top floor of the two-story residence, so that the scents of a seafood tempura lunch don’t waft into the living room or the couple’s bedroom, down a long corridor. Kurt Soller Josh Robenstone, New York Times, 17 May 2024 Here, acorn squash is served in a delicate tempura batter of rice flour, carbonated water and baking soda. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 14 May 2024 And forget about the Fire Dragon Roll, baked with shrimp tempura and cream cheese, and topped with salmon, white tuna and too much sauce. Louisa Kung Liu Chu, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2024 Fresh vegetables are a necessity for a tempura party, Stewart writes. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 28 Jan. 2024 The adult side of the menu does not offer pizza-making, however there are fine dining options, such as tempura fried squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese or a short rib pasta with a red wine braise, kale, carrots and Parmesan cheese. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 Specials include dishes such as brisket nachos ($8) at MOTOR, wonton mozzarella sticks ($5) at Third Street Tavern, and tempura shallots ($5) at The Edison. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2024 After all, dishes like Nashville hot shrimp tempura and octopus hushpuppies aren’t exactly easy to find. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 26 Mar. 2024 My mom stockpiled trays of it ahead of our departure—cucumber-avocado rolls, shrimp tempura—and periodically fed us from the passenger seat, mechanically twisting an arm to offer pieces to me and my sister stationed in the back. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Japanese tenpura

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tempura was in 1920

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“Tempura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempura. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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