a small Japanese-style charcoal brazier covered with a grill, usually used for outdoor cooking.

Origin of hibachi

1860–65; < Japanese, equivalent to hi fire (earlier fi(y) < *poi) +-bachi combining form of hachi pot, earlier fati < Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese monk's bowl; perhaps < Pali patta < Sanskrit pā́tra drinking vessel
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Related Words for hibachi

spit, griddle, fireplace, roaster, broiler

Examples from the Web for hibachi

Historical Examples of hibachi

  • They covered the fire of the hibachi and caused a darkness in which they stole away.

    The Way of the Gods

    John Luther Long

  • The kitchen knife was close at hand on the brazier (hibachi).

  • He hung over the live charcoal of the hibachi as one in a dream.

  • Then she sat down close to a hibachi, her back against the wall.

    The House of the Misty Star

    Fannie Caldwell Macaulay

  • That very night the holy man filled the kettle with water from the spring and set it on the hibachi to boil for his cup of tea.

British Dictionary definitions for hibachi



a portable brazier for heating and cooking food

Word Origin for hibachi

from Japanese, from hi fire + bachi bowl
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Word Origin and History for hibachi

1863, from Japanese hibachi "firepot," from hi "fire" + bachi, hachi "bowl, pot," which Watkins derives ultimately from Sanskrit patram "cup, bowl."

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