[ hi-bah-chee ]
/ hɪˈbɑ tʃi /


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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/ (hɪˈbɑːtʃɪ) /


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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