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 Each offseason, Mulugheta and his clients will work out, watch film and also barbecue with their families. Los Angeles Times, "NFL agent David Mulugheta hopes his work can serve as an inspiration to other Black sports agents," 2 Dec. 2020 When the world started to change in mid-March, barbecue up-and-comer Joe Zavala saw a way through. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Grand Prairie restaurant owner is finding success through the drive-through window," 4 Aug. 2020 The idea of not being able to freely barbecue with friends and family without precautionary measures, or just head out to the beach, is unsettling. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Staying safe this Fourth of July weekend," 2 July 2020 In the third episode, which Thomas also teases contains a clue, Mr. Jablonski can be seen barbecuing. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "When The Streetlights Go On," 15 Apr. 2020 Hiking at Euclid Creek, Joannie Havach said the families on her block all plan to barbecue at the same time soon and chat meanwhile through megaphones. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Streets and parks draw crowds seeking exercise and relief during coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 There is an ample front lawn and a back barbecuing area next to the porch. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$700,000 Homes in Montana, California and Georgia," 25 Mar. 2020 When it's cooked whole, it's usually served as a roast or barbecued brisket. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corned beef: Here's what you need to know and three ways to cook it," 8 Mar. 2020 Kiz: The Broncos went to Kansas City and got barbecued. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Does Broncos linebacker Von Miller want out of Denver?," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parade-watching mannequins hang on the barricades, with LSU folding chairs, ice chest and a smoking barbecue pit nearby. Gina Rivere | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Marrero house isn't just a float -- its yard depicts the whole parade," 3 Feb. 2021 Joe Khayyat, who helped lure a skeptical Mills and his barbecue to the fair to help promote its Conservation World section two decades ago, became close friends. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Legendary pitmaster Mike Mills was an ambassador for barbecue, southern Illinois and the aroma of life," 30 Dec. 2020 Next door, Samantha Jenkins finally found some charcoal and got her barbecue pit going. New York Times, "Zeta Knocks Out Power to 2 Million," 29 Oct. 2020 So Bill prayed and moved his barbecue pit to the front of the church. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Follow the smoke: Ceasar’s Famous Ribs opens new Delray Beach barbecue joint | PHOTOS," 27 Aug. 2020 The barbecue pit is a good place to start appreciating that history. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "South Texas staples menudo, rice and barbecue all have African roots," 17 June 2020 If you haven't been previously introduced, the burger is topped with three slices of bacon, smoked cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese—and barbecue sauce, of course. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Is Whataburger's new chicken sandwich a challenger to the throne?," 5 Jan. 2021 Hartley’s go-tos are pesto, Japanese barbecue sauce, jerk marinade, and harissa. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "15 Time-Saving Tips For Eating Healthy When You're Busy," 1 Jan. 2021 What started as a sauce for fried chicken blossomed into a fast-selling barbecue sauce in 2020 despite the pandemic. cleveland, "Best pizza, pierogi, lemonade, salsa, frozen custard and more: Every Cleveland’s Best contest of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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“Barbecue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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
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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