noun Japanese Cookery.
  1. a dish of grilled slices of beef, chicken, or fish that have been marinated in soy sauce seasoned with sake, ginger, and sugar.
  1. prepared in this manner: chicken teriyaki.

Origin of teriyaki

1960–65; < Japanese, equivalent to teri glaze + yaki broil
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British Dictionary definitions for teriyaki


  1. basted with soy sauce and rice wine and broiled over an open fire
  1. a dish prepared in this way

Word Origin for teriyaki

from Japanese, from teri glaze + yaki to broil
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Word Origin and History for teriyaki

1962, from Japanese, from teri "gloss, lustre" + yaki "roast."

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