ya·​ki·​to·​ri | \ ˌyä-ki-ˈtȯr-ē How to pronounce yakitori (audio) \

Definition of yakitori

: bite-size marinated pieces of beef, seafood, or chicken on skewers

Examples of yakitori in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wandering the labyrinthian night market in Ebisu and snacking on yakitori, Mizuki begins to feel like a past version of herself: the confident, beautiful, and happy young woman who’d moved from rural Japan to New York City to make it as a singer. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 17 Sep. 2021 However, the yakitori and Asahi erased any benefits. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 The yakitori at pop-up Tori Man is intense: a masterful co-mingling of chicken fat and fire. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 No eating yakitori in a Shinjuku hole in the wall, searching for Midnight Diner. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 Then, the beef gets washed with the heat of a charcoal yakitori grill. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 6 Nov. 2020 Player One arcade ahead of time to get in the fun, free spirit that’s embodied in Susuru’s yakitori, ramen and delicious grilled fish options. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2021 Of course, as with any izakaya, Kikori offers a large menu of Japanese delicacies to enjoy with their drinks, from fresh sashimi to an assortment of yakitori, seafood, and small bites. George Koutsakis, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Much of the allure of Salaryman was inside its restaurant, where Holt could often be seen behind a puff of smoke, grilling yakitori as his staff ladled bowls of broth that might have cooked for 20 hours. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of yakitori

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yakitori

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

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“Yakitori.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yakitori. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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