Definition of "torii" [torii]

  • The gateway of a Shinto temple, consisting of two uprights supporting a concave crosspiece with projecting ends and a straight crosspiece beneath it. (noun)

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Use "torii" in a sentence
  • "A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine."
  • "It is appropriate that the one evidence of man in the 46 photographs at Klotz is an off-kilter torii in "Landscape 37" 2010; a torii is a ceremonial Japanese gateway that marks the entrance to a sacred space."
  • "In Takeshi Shikama's image the torii is on a slope where it blends in with the trees, shrubs and rocks."