Definition of nigiri in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɪˈɡɪri/


[mass noun]
A type of sushi consisting of a small ball of rice, smeared with wasabi paste and topped with raw fish or other seafood: sushi may be the ultimate in sophisticated grab-and-go lunches, but making your own nigiri is surprisingly simple
More example sentences
  • Champagne works brilliantly with Japanese cuisine, particularly nigiri or sashimi, whose clean flavor profiles lend themselves well to champagne.
  • Salmon nigiri is a standard part of my order at any sushi place.
  • The rolls and hot items were all acceptable, but the nigiri is comparable if not worse than what one finds at the grocery store.


From Japanese nigirizushi, from nigiri- (combining form of nigiru 'clasp, clench, roll in the hands') + -zushi (combining form of sushi).

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