One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A restaurant specializing in roasted or barbecued meat.
- ‘Ragueneau's pastry shop and rotisserie is abuzz with movement.’
- ‘The proprietor of a famous bakery and rotisserie, he is known as a patron of the arts, and is also a poet himself.’
- ‘Far from the ‘sauce brune’ you get at other rotisseries, sauces here include red curry and bamboo shoots, lemon, chilli and mango chutney and ginger with Asian mushrooms.’
2A cooking appliance with a rotating spit for roasting and barbecuing meat.
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- ‘A heavy-duty motorized steel rotisserie is built right into the unit, and it has its own vertical infrared burner that evenly cooks a whole leg of lamb or several whole chickens.’
- ‘On the paved area just outside the house, were three outdoor tables, and further in the corner stood the barbeque - with a rotisserie.’
- ‘There are pizza ovens, griddles, infrared rotisseries, built-in woks, deep-fryers - you can customize your outdoor kitchen to suit the food you cook and the way you want to entertain.’
- ‘A poured concrete floor without mats made me cringe, but the windows were spotless, the sinks were empty, the rotisseries shiny and squeaky clean.’
- ‘Most spend an hour or two on a rotisserie, but some are oven-roasted, others grilled.’
Mid 19th century: from French rôtisserie, from rôtir ‘to roast’.
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