Definition of torii in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːrɪiː/

noun (plural same)

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The gateway of a Shinto shrine, with two uprights and two crosspieces.
Example sentences
  • Taki and Eiko stopped before the torii of the local Shinto shrine, staring at the cobblestone walkway surrounded by a lush, well-trimmed carpet of grass.
  • The torii - ornate jinja entranceway with sloping sides and flat top, painted red - on the beach is one of Japan's most famous sights.
  • And the red in the torii gate at the shrine entrance repels sins and keeps away evil spirits, while trees around the shrine protect spiritual grounds.


Japanese, from tori 'bird' + i 'sit, perch'.

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