barbecue

verb
bar·​be·​cue | \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü \
barbecued; barbecuing

Definition of barbecue 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to roast or broil on a rack or revolving spit over or before a source of heat (such as hot coals)

2 : to cook in a highly seasoned vinegar sauce

3 informal : to subject (someone) to harsh criticism or ridicule Republicans now talk of winning 15 to 20 new seats in November, a prospect that has the faithful and the financiers wanting to barbecue Clinton for at least a few more weeks.— Nancy Gibbs et al.

barbecue

noun
variants: or less commonly barbeque

Definition of barbecue (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a large animal (such as a steer) roasted whole or split over an open fire or a fire in a pit

b : barbecued food eat barbecue

2 : a social gathering especially in the open air at which barbecued food is eaten

3 : an often portable fireplace over which meat and fish are roasted

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Other Words from barbecue

Verb

barbecuer noun

Examples of barbecue in a Sentence

Verb

We barbecued chicken and ribs. We barbecue often during the summer.

Noun

grill a steak on the barbecue We plan to have a barbecue for the whole family. She invited us over for some beer and barbecue.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Popcorn chicken is a big favorite, as is barbecued chicken with cheese. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch," 20 June 2018 In May at Lake Merritt a woman dubbed #BBQBecky called police to report an African American family barbecuing at the park, reported KRON. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘You must be stupid.’ Man calls cops on burrito-eating BART passenger," 27 June 2018 Some think Cochran may have barbecued her lover's body and served it to neighbors. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about convicted Indiana killer and possible cannibal Kelly Cochran," 21 June 2018 Elsewhere in the nation, videos of white people calling the police on black people performing basic activities — sleeping, barbecuing, selling water — have gone viral in recent months. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Black family says movie theater manager called police on them in West Philadelphia," 25 June 2018 Peach and tomato bread salad is your next picnic salad or serve with anything barbecued. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018 Next July 4th, maybe more people will protest instead of barbecuing. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Man, Twitter Loves a Good Civil War Meme, Huh?," 8 July 2018 Kenzie Smith recently announced his intentions to run for Oakland City Council month after a white woman, Jennifer Schulte, called the cops on him and his family for barbecuing in a nearby Oakland park. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "'BBQ Becky' Called the Cops on This Black Man. Now He Is Running for City Council," 6 July 2018 They have been seen kissing in New York City, cuddling on social media and spent the July 4th holiday barbecuing with friends. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Gigi Hadid Confirms Her Eyes Are Tattooed on Zayn Malik as She Claps Back at Relationship Haters," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Proteins are next: smoky barbecue chicken; bland but addictingly crunchy baked almond chicken; refreshing chia seed tuna poke; and sweet and sour chia seed teriyaki tofu. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Design your own meal at Fresh Kitchen," 8 June 2018 The $8 meat-and-three: A plate of barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. Chase Quinn, Bon Appetit, "Inside the Lunch Rush at Bertha’s Kitchen, a Soul Food Institution," 6 June 2018 Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Shrimp and Barbecue Festival Take in the waterfront views while feasting on artisan chef Nic Galloro’s barbecue chicken, pork ribs or steamed shrimp, while sipping a glass of wine or a beer. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "Summer festivals, fairs and other events in Harford County and around the state," 24 May 2018 Inner Loop Czech Kolache-Klobase Festival East Bernard's Riverside Hall will host polka dancing, arts and crafts, sausage and barbecue chicken, kiddie games, dancers and a cakewalk. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Put these upcoming Houston-area events and festivals on the calendar," 10 May 2018 Even when Southern restaurants bake or barbecue chicken, they surface-season their food. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Difference Between Soul Food and Southern Cuisine, Explained," 12 Apr. 2018 Plan ahead: Save enough barbecue chicken for Friday. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu," 23 Mar. 2018 From four cheese with truffle oil to the sausage with barbecue sauce and jalapenos, the options run the gamut. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 In San Francisco last year, homeless people draped a tarp over a security robot that patrolled the parking lot of a nonprofit, tipped it over, and smeared barbecue sauce over its camera lenses. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of barbecue

Verb

circa 1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for barbecue

Verb

barbecue entry 2

Noun

American Spanish barbacoa framework for supporting meat over a fire, probably from Taino

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The first known use of barbecue was circa 1689

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More Definitions for barbecue

barbecue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barbecue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cook (food) on a barbecue : to broil or roast (meat, fish, etc.) over hot coals or an open fire

barbecue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barbecue (Entry 2 of 2)

: a flat metal frame that is used to cook food over hot coals or an open fire

: an outdoor meal or party at which food is cooked on a barbecue

: food that has been cooked on a barbecue : barbecued food

barbecue

verb
bar·​be·​cue | \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü \
barbecued; barbecuing

Kids Definition of barbecue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cook over hot coals or on an open fire often in a highly seasoned sauce

barbecue

noun

Kids Definition of barbecue (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an often portable grill

2 : an outdoor meal or party at which food is cooked over hot coals or an open fire

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