One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cooking appliance with a rotating spit for roasting and barbecuing meat.
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- ‘Most spend an hour or two on a rotisserie, but some are oven-roasted, others grilled.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the paved area just outside the house, were three outdoor tables, and further in the corner stood the barbeque - with a rotisserie.’
2A restaurant specializing in roasted or barbecued meat.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from French rôtisserie, from rôtir ‘to roast’.
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