Definition of torii in English:

torii

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːrɪiː
 
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noun (plural same)

  • The gateway of a Shinto shrine, with two uprights and two crosspieces.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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