The gateway of a Shinto shrine, consisting of a pair of posts supporting two horizontal crosspieces, the higher of which is longer and has upturned ends.
A gateway at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto shrine, consisting of two uprights supporting a curved beam, with a straight crosspiece below.
Origin of torii
- Japanese tori bird i- (from iru to dwell)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Japanese é³¥å±… / ã¨ã‚Šã„ / torii.