[ben-toh; Japanese ben-taw]
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.

< Japanese bentō, probably < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān manage, provide + dāng apply, i.e., provision for an eat-out meal Unabridged
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bento or bento box (ˈbɛntəʊ)
n , 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
[Japanese bentō box lunch]
bento box or bento box
[Japanese bentō box lunch]

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Example sentences
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.
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