barbecue

verb
bar·​be·​cue | \ ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü How to pronounce barbecue (audio) \
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 Most days, it can be filled with solo elders and entire families alike, all camped out, barbecuing and just hanging out. Momo Chang, SFChronicle.com, "Dungeness crab recreational season starts off with a bang at Pacifica pier," 5 Nov. 2019 Wan and Yuen hope to introduce specials at Avanti like barbecued char siu pork, chicken gizzard skewers and scallion crepes known as jian bing. Josie Sexton, The Know, "A new fast-casual Chinese food spot in Denver wants to take on Panda Express," 23 Oct. 2019 Day 19: Take a walk on the lakefront: Mingle with the great cross section of people on Chicago’s lakefront, from families barbecuing to the fitness obsessed. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "It’s not over yet — here are 25 things you should do in Chicago before the end of summer," 29 Aug. 2019 Lamb will be barbecued in a pit room located on the side of the building. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "South St. Paul’s Croatian Hall turns 100," 18 Aug. 2019 Grilling or smoking the cabbage adds a depth of flavor that takes slaw from the periphery of the plate to the center, from supporting player to barbecue itself. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Coleslaw Kissed by Fire," 2 Aug. 2019 The people of New Hampshire were out barbecuing, or setting up for fireworks, or up at a lake house listening to the call of the loons. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 The front-runner to unseat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had stopped by a Rotary Club ribfest in this Toronto suburb and was sharing barbecuing tips with reporters. Washington Post, "Canada’s Trudeau is down in the polls. Can the Conservatives take advantage?," 15 July 2019 Half-Christmas should be celebrated by wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, drinking keg nog, singing Christmas carols to your neighbors, and barbecuing on your roof. Cady Lang, Time, "There's No Time Like Today to Give 'Half-Christmas' the Sitcom Holiday Appreciation It Deserves," 25 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun San Francisco’s Bayview Bistro food truck park has expanded its culinary offerings to include Italian food mixed with soul food, meatless recipes from Vegan Hood Chefs, Peruvian ceviches, barbecue and tacos. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Vegan Hood Chefs, Yo Soy Ceviche: Bayview Bistro welcomes new vendors," 27 Nov. 2019 Set up your grill and barbecue your pork to preferred crispness, or put it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or so. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "Friendsgiving Will Set You Free," 26 Nov. 2019 Find a local bakery selling top-notch pies and rolls, order the cranberry sauce from a gourmet grocer, preorder your turkey from the local barbecue stand. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "Upgrade Your Thanksgiving: Tips for Guests and Hosts," 23 Nov. 2019 Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99). Susan Bryant, sun-sentinel.com, "Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach," 21 Nov. 2019 But Mister Oso, which opened Nov. 14, is different in that it’s based off Señor Bear’s Pan-Latin American success, this time a little more casual and with a strong barbecue component. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "New to RiNo, Mister Oso is not serving your mom’s taco salad — or her barbecue tacos, for that matter," 19 Nov. 2019 Everyone flocks to the signature Christmas Day beach barbecue on Thailand’s unspoiled Koh Kood island and its miles of white sand beaches. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five Great Holiday Cruises Worth Taking," 13 Nov. 2019 For the kids, there will be a Little Buckaroos buffet including pig in a blanket, barbecue chicken drumsticks, and macaroni and cheese. Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: New Windsor mayor urging donations for Mayor on the Square drive," 13 Nov. 2019 Squealers Barbeque Grill: Free pulled pork sandwich platter with chips and choice of barbecue beans, coleslaw or potato salad. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are more than 150 Veterans Day deals for the Nov. 11 holiday," 11 Nov. 2019

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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

Noun and Verb

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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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Barbecue.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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barbecue

verb
How to pronounce barbecue (audio)

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
chiefly US, informal : food that has been cooked on a barbecue : barbecued food

barbecue

verb
bar·​be·​cue | \ ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü How to pronounce barbecue (audio) \
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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