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[hi-bah-chee] /hɪˈbɑ tʃi/
a small Japanese-style charcoal brazier covered with a grill, usually used for outdoor cooking.
Origin of hibachi
1860-65; < Japanese, equivalent to hi fire (earlier fi(y) < *poi) +-bachi combining form of hachi pot, earlier fati < Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese monk's bowl; perhaps < Pali patta < Sanskrit pā́tra drinking vessel Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hibachi
  • In the sun its rocks become charcoal-colored briquettes in a hibachi.
  • Hot dishes are served hibachi-style, with the food prepared at your table.
  • Start with shrimp tempura before moving on to a scallop hibachi dinner or lobster and filet mignon.
  • The menu includes hibachi-grilled steak, filet mignon, shrimp and scallops.
  • Guests can enjoy steak, chicken or seafood hibachi, a style of cooking done by a chef at the table on a hot griddle-type surface.
  • In addition to the restaurant's hibachi and teriyaki dinners, there is a large sushi menu for diners.
  • Sushi, noodle dishes and hibachi-grilled meals are also available.
  • Opt for a meal and a show at one of the hibachi tables, or dine at the sushi bar.
  • Diners can choose from the sushi bar, hibachi entrees, noodle and rice dishes and house specialties.
  • The venue offers entertaining hibachi dinners where the chef cooks and serves your meal at your table.
British Dictionary definitions for hibachi


a portable brazier for heating and cooking food
Word Origin
from Japanese, from hi fire + bachi bowl
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Word Origin and History for hibachi

1863, from Japanese hibachi "firepot," from hi "fire" + bachi, hachi "bowl, pot," which Watkins derives ultimately from Sanskrit patram "cup, bowl."

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