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 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 An additional meat and two sides are featured Sundays (on Nov. 17, it’s barbecued chicken, string beans and potatoes). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Daddy's BBQ and Soul Food is popping up at 29th and Villard," 15 Nov. 2019 There will be barbecued beef, chicken and sausage; an auction beginning at 1 p.m.; and dancing and music all day. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Katy City Council to consider $1.1 million construction bid," 13 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some patrons have waited up to three hours for Heim’s barbecue. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth announces coming-soon Dallas restaurant," 27 Jan. 2020 Yet for people like Captain Nettleton and the Turs, the base is also a small, insular town, with boozy backyard barbecues and a McDonald’s. New York Times, "The federal trial of a former commander of the naval base put a spotlight on life at the isolated and secretive outpost best known for its terrorist court and prison.," 18 Jan. 2020 Yet for people like Nettleton and the Turs, the base is also a small, insular town, with boozy backyard barbecues and a McDonald’s. Carol Rosenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Sex, power, and fury: the mystery of a death at Guantánamo Bay," 18 Jan. 2020 Rounding out the list, there's a central Phoenix restaurant for Hawaiian barbecue that's better than most options in town. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in January for tacos, Hawaiian BBQ and French fare," 3 Jan. 2020 Ronnie was a soft-spoken family man who loved to cook and had a passion for barbecue. courant.com, "Ronnie Chapman," 21 Nov. 2019 The Twin Cities’ obsession with barbecue knows no end. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Barbecue food truck Hickory Hog to open bricks and mortar restaurant," 14 Nov. 2019 Joe and Mandy Neuman are among the most ambitious owners in Washington barbecue. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area," 14 Nov. 2019 Steak, sausages, chicken burgers: Ezekiel Elliott takes young Cowboys RBs under his wing with barbecues. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "He lost 475 pounds. Then did something more impressive," 27 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for barbecue

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The first known use of barbecue was circa 1689

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Last Updated

2 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barbecue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for barbecue

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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