[ roh-tis-uh-ree ]
/ roʊˈtɪs ə ri /


a small broiler with a motor-driven spit, for barbecuing fowl, beef, etc.

verb (used with object), ro·tis·ser·ied, ro·tis·ser·i·ing.

to broil on a rotisserie.

Origin of rotisserie

1865–70; < French: roasting place Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rotisserie


/ (rəʊˈtɪsərɪ) /


a rotating spit on which meat, poultry, etc, can be cooked
a shop or restaurant where meat is roasted to order

Word Origin for rotisserie

C19: from French, from Old French rostir to roast
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Word Origin and History for rotisserie



1868, "restaurant where meat is roasted on a spit," from French rôtisserie "shop selling cooked food, restaurant," from present participle stem of rôtir "to roast," from Old French rostir (see roast (v.)). As an in-home cooking apparatus, attested from 1953. Manufacturers (or their copy writers) back-formed a verb, rotiss (1958). Rotisserie league (1980), a form of fantasy baseball, is based on La Rotisserie, the Manhattan restaurant where it was conceived.

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