Definition of torii in US English:



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

    • ‘Crossing the bridge over the river Isuzu and passing beneath the first torii, he finds himself unconsciously lapsing into silence, preoccupied with the sound he is making…’
    • ‘Just two steps above the main deck, the upper sitting area is simply and elegantly defined by an open railing, a small torii, and a bamboo fountain.’
    • ‘A large torii sat propped against a wall, with an exotic plant winding around it as if it were a trellis.’
    • ‘You've probably seen post card pictures of the shrine's graceful vermillion-colored torii gate, which looks like a Japanese alphabet character rising out of the shimmering sea.’
    • ‘Another sign of this flexibility is found in regard to the color of the garden's torii style gate.’
    • ‘We encounter the torii that stands at the east end of the bridge.’
    • ‘At a steady trot, I made good progress, coming to the torii by the Kohyaku River by midday.’
    • ‘The torii - ornate jinja entranceway with sloping sides and flat top, painted red - on the beach is one of Japan's most famous sights.’
    • ‘It was established in 1869 by Emperor Meiji as a Shinto shrine (though with its torii archways made of steel rather than the traditional red-painted wood) to commemorate the lives lost in campaigns to return direct imperial rule to Japan.’
    • ‘Without being disrespectful, we should take another look at the torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, as a comparison with Christo's project - there are things to see outside the NYC perimeter.’
    • ‘Meet me by the eastern bank of the Kohyaku River near the torii.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's home to Meiji Jingu, possibly the foremost example of traditional Japanese shrine architecture in the country and home to the largest torii gates in Japan.’
    • ‘Its red-orange buildings float on their reflections in the tidal water, as the festooned fishing boats arrive thorough the giant torii gateway framing the entrance of the bay for the annual blessing of the fishing fleet.’
    • ‘After passing through the small wooden torii, a Japanese-style gate, I stroll along a path built by Seattle landscape contractor Fujitaro Kubota in the 1960s and pause to sit by the pond to watch swans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Peace and calm prevail on most weekday evenings - the best time to enter through the stone torii gate and join the faithful.’


Japanese, from tori ‘bird’ + i ‘sit, perch’.