ya·​ki·​to·​ri ˌyä-ki-ˈtȯr-ē How to pronounce yakitori (audio)
: bite-size marinated pieces of beef, seafood, or chicken on skewers

Examples of yakitori in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The culture is so old and the craft is so deep, that seven pages on yakitori is just barely scratching the surface. Jessica Carbone, Saveur, 3 Apr. 2024 The real star is the selection of yakitori, with skewers of every part of chicken imaginable, short ribs, pork belly, and more. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 Packaged by Untitled Events, the menu featured cold sesame noodles, grilled chicken yakitori skewers, crunchy cucumber salad, spicy kimchi dip with wonton chips. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 From sushi and ramen to tempura and yakitori, Japanese food is renowned for its unique flavors. Roger Sands, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 As one of Japan’s leading seafood and agricultural producers, Hokkaido is known for its cuisine both local and global, from ramen and yakitori to pizza and bouillabaisse. Gabriella Le Breton, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 Guests dined on grub from a variety of food stations (raw bar, pasta, yakitori) and listened to music from The Spare Keys, through Élan Artists. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 Yoshino or its yakitori equivalent, Kono, feel like emissaries of Japanese culture. Pete Wells, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 This week Stephanie also went deep on yakitori in Los Angeles. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Japanese, grilled chicken, from yaki broil, roast + tori bird

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yakitori was in 1962

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“Yakitori.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yakitori. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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