Definition of bento in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈben(t)ō/

noun (plural bentos)

1A lacquered or decorated wooden Japanese lunchbox.
Example sentences
  • Try simple but sturdy wood or craft-paper boxes, picnic baskets, bamboo steamers, lunch boxes, Japanese bento boxes, or even plastic wastepaper baskets.
  • The importance of presentation is equally apparent on a smaller scale, in the famous Japanese bento box (for a lunch or picnic).
  • ‘Oh, sure, I'd like that,’ I said as I reached for my bento box.
1.1A Japanese-style packed lunch, consisting of such items as rice, vegetables, and sashimi (raw fish with condiments).
Example sentences
  • Of course there is more to a bento than the rice, and the accompaniments (called o-kazu in Japanese) are many and various.
  • The next step is likely to be Japanese-style foods, such as bento boxed rice lunches.
  • The matsu bento features attractive tuna and salmon sashimi, accompanied by a butterfly shrimp and zucchini tempura with a side bowl of dipping sauce.



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