- a small box with compartments, of a type popular in Japan and SE Asia, for holding several courses of a single mealalso bento box
- a packed meal, esp. a lunch, of a kind traditionally stored or served in such a box
Origin of bentoJapanese from Chinese
Origin of bentoJapanese bentō from late colloquial Middle Chinese p&hhook;jian`taŋ convenient ( also the source of Mandarin biàndāng )Middle Chinese p&hhook;jian` convenient ( from Old Chinese bens )Middle Chinese taŋ to match, correspond, be capable ( from Old Chinese tâŋ ) ( perhaps akin to Tibetan tan with, together with, and )
bento - Computer Definition
A data structure used to store embedded documents in an OpenDoc compound document. Bento, which stands for lunch box in Japanese, provides a "container" to hold the data and a format for defining its contents.