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 There is also a hamper at the house dedicated solely to barbecue clothes. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "How San Antonio pitmasters and grill cooks deal with smoke smell, because living that BBQ life means always smelling like smoke," 5 Apr. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So far, the new West Oakland collective has five members, including tea business Teas With Meaning, navy bean pie bakery Baby Bean Pie and barbecue sauce producer the Final Sauce. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "A new Black-owned food collective is opening a marketplace in West Oakland," 5 May 2021 The barbecue joints making food for the mystery boxes are Cattleack Barbeque in Farmers Branch; Slow Bone BBQ in Dallas; Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas, Arlington and Plano; One90 Smoked Meats in Dallas; and Luscher’s Quality Meats in Dallas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Sign up to get a ‘mystery box’ of barbecue — for a good cause, Meat Fight — on May 4," 3 May 2021 But even beef barbecue was not enough to sell him on Okta’s vision of a joint future. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Okta’s Auth0 deal closes: Inside the 8-year, $6.5 billion courtship," 3 May 2021 Like everything else, plans for the uber-popular barbecue-meets-country-music festival were thwarted last year, but Windy City Smokeout will make its return this year outside the United Center. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Eat. Watch. Do. — Michelin star restaurants | Mother’s Day guides | Best new burgers," 30 Apr. 2021 Customers will order their food through a line like so many classic Texas barbecue restaurants. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "New family-friendly San Antonio barbecue restaurant Windmill Ice House & Bar-B-Que opening soon with outdoor seating, music stage, kids play area on Nacogdoches," 28 Apr. 2021 Since then, Double B's has built a reputation for excellent barbecue. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "May is National Barbecue Month. Here are seven Milwaukee area barbecue restaurants to try.," 27 Apr. 2021 Manalo, of Hawaiian origin, added influences like Hawaiian barbecue grilled chicken or ribs. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: A Filipino-Hawaiian diner expands its business, an activewear boutique closes, and two restaurants reopen as the pandemic eases," 23 Apr. 2021 Nothing like a barbecue set to a soundtrack of whack-a-doo conspiracy theories — no matter how ironically intended — and reminders of mass death. Star Tribune, "New music reviews: Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl get cheesy on pandemic tune," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Barbecue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 16 May. 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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