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gridiron

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noun grid·iron \ˈgrid-ˌī(-ə)rn\

Simple Definition of gridiron

  • : a metal grid for cooking food over a fire

  • : the field on which American football is played

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gridiron

  1. 1 :  a grate for broiling food

  2. 2 :  something consisting of or covered with a network

  3. 3 :  a football field

Examples of gridiron in a sentence

  1. The book recounts his many moments of glory on the gridiron.



Did You Know?

Modern gridirons are most likely to be covered by football players, but the original gridirons were more likely to be covered with meat or fish; they were metal gratings used for broiling food over an open fire. In Middle English, such a grating was called a gredil, a root that gave modern English both gridiron and griddle. How did gridiron become associated with football? That happened in the late 1800s, when a white grid pattern was added to football fields to help enforce new rules about how many yards a team had to gain to keep possession of the ball. From high up in the stands, the lines made the playing fields look like cooking gridirons.

Origin and Etymology of gridiron

Middle English gredire, alteration of gridel, gredil griddle


First Known Use: 14th century


GRIDIRON Defined for Kids

gridiron

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noun grid·iron \ˈgrid-ˌī-ərn\

Definition of gridiron for Students

  1. 1 :  a grate for cooking food over a fire

  2. 2 :  a football field




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