- (in Japan) a form of decorative gateway or portal, consisting of two upright wooden posts connected at the top by two horizontal crosspieces, commonly found at the entrance to Shinto temples.
Origin of torii
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Historical Examples of torii
This latter I will describe when Japan, the land of the torii, is the topic.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
All the beautiful gateways or torii, as they are called, are works of art.The Critic in the Orient
George Hamlin Fitch
Kiyonobu I, the founder of the Torii line, was born in 1664 and died in 1729.
In subject and in manner, it is the Torii tradition that he carries on.
The usual etymology of Torii is bird-perch; from Torĭ, a bird.An Artist's Letters From Japan
John La Farge
- a gateway, esp one at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto temple
Word Origin for torii
singular and plural, "gateway to a Shinto temple," Japanese, from tori "bird" + i "to sit, to perch."