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barbecue

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verb bar·be·cue \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü\

Definition of barbecue

barbecued

barbecuing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to roast or broil on a rack or revolving spit over or before a source of heat (as hot coals)

  3. 2 :  to cook in a highly seasoned vinegar sauce

barbecuer

noun

Examples of barbecue in a sentence

  1. We barbecued chicken and ribs.

  2. We barbecue often during the summer.

Origin and Etymology of barbecue

2barbecue


First Known Use: 1690


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barbecue

noun bar·be·cue

Definition of barbecue

  1. 1 a :  a large animal (as a steer) roasted whole or split over an open fire or a fire in a pit b :  barbecued food <eat barbecue>

  2. 2 :  a social gathering especially in the open air at which barbecued food is eaten

  3. 3 :  an often portable fireplace over which meat and fish are roasted

Examples of barbecue in a sentence

  1. grill a steak on the barbecue

  2. We plan to have a barbecue for the whole family.

  3. She invited us over for some beer and barbecue.

Variants of barbecue

less commonly

barbeque

Origin and Etymology of barbecue

American Spanish barbacoa framework for supporting meat over a fire, probably from Taino


First Known Use: 1709



BARBECUE Defined for English Language Learners

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barbecue

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verb bar·be·cue \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü\

Definition of barbecue for English Language Learners

  • : to cook (food) on a barbecue : to broil or roast (meat, fish, etc.) over hot coals or an open fire


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barbecue

noun bar·be·cue

Definition of barbecue for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : food that has been cooked on a barbecue : barbecued food


BARBECUE Defined for Kids

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barbecue

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verb bar·be·cue \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü\

Definition of barbecue for Students

barbecued

barbecuing

  1. :  to cook over hot coals or on an open fire often in a highly seasoned sauce


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barbecue

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noun bar·be·cue

Definition of barbecue for Students

  1. 1 :  an often portable grill

  2. 2 :  an outdoor meal or party at which food is cooked over hot coals or an open fire



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