[ ben-toh; Japanese ben-taw ]
/ ˈbɛn toʊ; Japanese ˈbɛn tɔ /

noun, plural ben·tos; Japanese ben·to. Japanese Cookery.

a meal, usually served in a lacquered or elaborately decorated box that is divided into sections for holding individual portions of food.

Origin of bento

< Japanese bentō, probably < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān manage, provide + dāng apply, i.e., provision for an eat-out meal
Also called obento. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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bento box

/ (ˈbɛntəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

a thin box, made of plastic or lacquered wood, divided into compartments which contain small separate dishes comprising a Japanese meal, esp lunch

Word Origin for bento

Japanese bentō box lunch
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