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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Normally, Tawana says, her family celebrates with a big barbecue, maybe 25-30 people, including her mother and grandmother and sister-in-law. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Women on coronavirus front lines mark unusual Mother's Day," 10 May 2020 Guests also get high tea, a private beach barbecue, and a private group yoga session. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, "9 Incredible Private Villas in the Maldives That Hardly Seem Real," 26 Apr. 2020 Anyone interested in grilling is probably looking for that smokey flavor that draws millions of people to barbecue restaurants each year and fills neighborhoods with delicious aromas. Popular Science, "Four portable outdoor grills for every cooking need," 9 Apr. 2020 At Honey Pig, a Korean barbecue restaurant with 25 tables, only six parties were seated during one bad day of business this week, owner Chin Kim said. Brian Melley, Fortune, "Coronavirus rumors spread on an app cripple LA’s Koreatown restaurants," 1 Mar. 2020 Mama’s Grill, a roadside barbecue restaurant, is a Siargao institution. Raymond Ang, WSJ, "From Surfer Secret to Jet-Set Getaway," 1 Feb. 2020 Owner Greg Seaton closed the venerable North Little Rock barbecue restaurant March 8 after 99 years of business. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock's year in food," 31 Dec. 2019 The entire group began spending a lot of time together, and somewhere between backyard barbecues, nights out on the town, and trips to art galleries, Ellen fell for Ben — hard. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Over Someone You Never Actually Dated," 24 Dec. 2019 Adults tell me about attending their friends’ backyard barbecues, and being able to grab a drink at a bar that also serves nuts. Charles Feng, STAT, "Oral immunotherapy can be a game changer for many with food allergies," 11 Dec. 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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7 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barbecue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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