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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At this time of year, Family Promise would normally be preparing for their biggest fundraiser, Chicks and Hogs, an annual barbecue and brew off. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston non-profits need help to support community during coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 Doyle noted that East Bay Parks had closed sites where people might congregate, including group picnic areas with barbecues and children play areas. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "East Bay parks may be next to close as huge crowds create health, safety issues," 22 Mar. 2020 End each day with a barbecue at the picnic shelter, which features both propane and charcoal grills. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Spring Break Impacted by Coronavirus Concerns? Here Are 16 Outdoorsy Day Trips to Take Instead," 11 Mar. 2020 This is certainly the place for New Zealanders craving a white Christmas while their neighbors break out the barbecues and board shorts. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight of the World’s Coolest Indoor Snow Parks," 26 Feb. 2020 If beer, barbecue and country music are your idea of a good time, head to this festival at Chandler's Tumbleweed Park this spring. azcentral, "What is there to do in Phoenix in March? Here are the best food, art and music festivals," 25 Feb. 2020 Elsewhere in a 90-minute premiere that feels longer, a suburban-Maryland barbecue ends in a cartoonish burst of gunfire. Judy Berman, Time, "Amazon's Nazi-Killer Epic Hunters Can't Tell the Difference Between Vigilante Justice and Equal-Opportunity Sadism," 17 Feb. 2020 If the 49ers had prevailed, Cleaver would have had to give Pelosi Kansas City barbecue and chocolates. Michelle Stoddart, ABC News, "Pelosi pays off Super Bowl bet with pistachios and San Francisco chocolates," 11 Feb. 2020 Living Room also will have its own restaurant — serving burgers, barbecue and healthy options — in the midst of the $300 million development that's reimagining the former Coca-Cola plant and surrounding area. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "10 new venues, big events and exhibits that will rock Indianapolis entertainment in 2020," 2 Jan. 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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Time Traveler for barbecue

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The first known use of barbecue was circa 1689

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Last Updated

26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barbecue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 6 Apr. 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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