Meaning of tempura in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛmpʊrə/


mass noun
  • A Japanese dish of fish, shellfish, or vegetables, fried in batter.

    ‘There is vegetarian sushi on offer as well as a choice of noodle dishes and tempura.’
    • ‘Arrange some tempura vegetables around the dish and garnish with fried cilantro.’
    • ‘To start I had the goujons of lemon sole tempura with an endive salad.’
    • ‘She served up some fried dumplings and vegetable tempura.’
    • ‘The Japanese tempura batter ought to be crispy and feather-light.’
    • ‘We ordered spicy shrimp tempura.’
    • ‘I had shrimp and vegetable tempura.’
    • ‘Our prawns also came with a few bite-size servings of tempura vegetables.’
    • ‘When I had a look, the vegetable tempura looked very nice indeed.’
    • ‘Nothing is quite like eating sizzling-fresh tempura.’
    • ‘Dip each piece of tempura in sauce and arrange atop rice.’
    • ‘She emerges with four plates of beef teriyaki and tempura and sets them in front of the customers.’
    • ‘To start, I ordered tempura vegetables.’
    • ‘The main course was fillet of beef with pak-choi and tempura vegetables.’
    • ‘The noodle dish was a veritable treasure trove of fish, chicken meat, tempura prawn and soft noodles.’
    • ‘Try one of the tempura or teriyaki dishes.’
    • ‘The curry would also go very well with tempura vegetables or a big bowl of rice.’
    • ‘The tempura of oysters sounded good.’
    • ‘Fried foods, such as tempura, are items to avoid if you're trying to stay on a bodybuilding diet.’
    • ‘The tempura was beautifully crispy.’


Japanese, probably from Portuguese tempêro ‘seasoning’.