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  1. a small broiler with a motor-driven spit, for barbecuing fowl, beef, etc.
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verb (used with object), ro·tis·ser·ied, ro·tis·ser·i·ing.
  1. to broil on a rotisserie.
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Origin of rotisserie

1865–70; < French: roasting place
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grill, broil, sear, roast, barbecue, fry, charcoal, rotisserie, cook, burn

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British Dictionary definitions for rotisserie


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

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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