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

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Recent Examples on the Web Koffmann has ordered two snacks: Soft-shell crab tempura with Thai basil & green peppercorns; and a selection of charcuterie: Goose with sage & fenugreek; Saddleback pork with oregano & fennel seed; and Cornish salt-marsh lamb with lesser calamint. Richard Vines, Bloomberg.com, "Top Chef Gives His Verdict on Michelin-Star Restaurant’s Home Delivery," 7 May 2020 The restaurant's menu highlights include apps like the Octo-Nom ($13), with ingredients including slow-cooked octopus, tempura crunchies, sauce, pickled ginger. and steamed oyster buns ($8 for two). Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Downtown Huntsville’s most colorful joint yet, now open," 18 Mar. 2020 Wedges of artichoke heart wore crisp tempura jackets and came with perky basil-lime mayo for dipping and a fat-cutting pour of an Austrian Sauvignon Blanc with notes of pineapple. Adam Erace, Fortune, "Charleston Restaurant is the most relaxed formal dining experience in Baltimore," 8 Mar. 2020 On the hot side, the chef said first-time diners shouldn't skip the black cod with miso and rock shrimp tempura. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa's guide to must-try dishes at his Scottsdale restaurant," 6 Mar. 2020 Select either cold with tempura vegetables, or hot with duck (an additional 800 yen). New York Times, "36 Hours in Niseko," 13 Feb. 2020 Turn instead to the crunchy shrimp dumplings, the ethereal shrimp tempura, the flamboyant seafood okonomiyaki or even the nikuzume lotus root paired with a ground chicken patty slathered in a sweet, savory yakiniku sauce. Washington Post, "Zeppelin is fun, but its sushi doesn’t quite fly," 1 Aug. 2019 That means cartoon-y drawings of him all over the restaurant and the most special tempura bowl. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "This Mountain of Perfectly Fried Tempura Is My Reason for Driving Up and Down California," 5 Feb. 2020 Orange chicken from Trader Joe’s — and, on a colleague’s recommendation, the tempura chicken and samosas. Washington Post, "Better breakfasts, less takeout, more togetherness: Our 2020 food resolutions," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tempura

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempura

Japanese tenpura

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17 May 2020

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“Tempura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempura. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tempura

: a Japanese dish that is made of seafood or vegetables that are covered in batter and fried

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