to·​rii | \ˈtȯr-ē-ˌē \
plural torii

Definition of torii 

: a Japanese gateway of light construction commonly built at the approach to a Shinto shrine

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There are Shinto torii gates at the base of the lifts and a few good-luck temple bells. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 The Shinto monument is renowned for its thousands of torii gates, which cover the hiking trails that wind up Mount Inari. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Cherry Blossoms and Beyond: Go on a Nature Meditation in Japan," 29 Apr. 2018 Visitors enter the conservatory through two 25-foot torii gates, similar to those found outside Japan's Shinto shrines. Jay Jones,, "Spring flowers and cherry trees bloom 24/7 at this Las Vegas resort," 21 Mar. 2018 The priest, sandals slapping, heads down a lane lined with stone lanterns and towering cryptomeria trees to a gateway, or torii, that bears the mountain’s name. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, "Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japan," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of torii

1727, in the meaning defined above

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