[ soo-shee ]
/ ˈsu ʃi /

noun Japanese Cookery.

cold boiled rice moistened with rice vinegar, usually shaped into bite-size pieces and topped with raw seafood (nigiri-zushi) or formed into a long seaweed-wrapped roll, often around strips of vegetable or raw fish, and sliced into bite-size pieces (maki-zushi).
Compare sashimi.

Origin of sushi

1895–1900; < literary Japanese: literally, it is sour Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sushi


/ (ˈsuːʃɪ) /


a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish

Word Origin for sushi

from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for sushi



1893, from Japanese.

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