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

1960–65; < Japanese, equivalent to teri glaze + yaki broil

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teriyaki (ˌtɛrɪˈjækɪ)
1.  basted with soy sauce and rice wine and broiled over an open fire
2.  a dish prepared in this way
[from Japanese, from teri glaze + yaki to broil]

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Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See teriyaki sauce
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Word Origin & History

1962, from Japanese, from teri "gloss, lustre" + yaki "roast."
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(Japanese: "glossy broil"), in Japanese cuisine, foods grilled with a highly flavoured glaze of soy sauce and sake or mirin (sweet wine). Garlic and fresh ginger are sometimes added to the mixture. In westernized Japanese cooking, the teriyaki sauce is frequently used as a marinade as well as a basting sauce. Beef, chicken, and fish are commonly prepared teriyaki style

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Example sentences
Actually, one friend had only chicken teriyaki and drinks, but the meal was
  still one weird dining moment.
Broiled eel glazed with teriyaki sauce is terrific, while shrimp and scallops
  are perfectly grilled.
The rich red-brown glaze of teriyaki dish is a perfect addition.
Menu selections include tempura, sushi, noodles or teriyaki.
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