What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[ben-toh; Japanese ben-taw] /ˈbɛn toʊ; Japanese ˈbɛn tɔ/
noun, plural bentos; Japanese, bento. Japanese Cookery.
a meal, usually served in a lacquered or elaborately decorated box that is divided into sections for holding individual portions of food.
Also called obento.
Origin of bento
< Japanese bentō, probably < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān manage, provide + dāng apply, i.e., provision for an eat-out meal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for bento
  • Tempura, grilled salmon and bento round out the menu.
  • The menu here is huge, with discounted lunch specials and bento boxes served with a variety of sides.
  • There are a variety of bento boxes to choose from during weekday lunch specials.
  • Discounted lunch specials here include bento boxes, stir fries and sushi meals.
  • Entree selections include various soba noodles, wines, beers and bento boxes filled with shrimp or chicken hibachi.
  • Lunch combos feature a large lacquer bento box filled with entrée combinations, rice and salad.
  • Vegetarians have a range of options here, and children get their own bento boxes.
  • The lunch crowd can take advantage of a full sushi buffet, or grab a bento lunch to bring back to the office.
  • Other worthwhile dishes are broiled eel, noodle soups and the economic bento box meals.
  • There are bento box lunches, panini, pizzas and sandwiches to order and eat at sidewalk tables or upstairs at green marble tables.
British Dictionary definitions for bento


noun (pl) -tos
a thin box, made of plastic or lacquered wood, divided into compartments which contain small separate dishes comprising a Japanese meal, esp lunch
Word Origin
Japanese bentō box lunch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bento

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bento

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bento