barbecue

verb
bar·​be·​cue | \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü \
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

Get your curried or barbecued goat fix at Quán Ăn Diêu Thông, then hit Tung Café, a louche 1960s-era boîte straight out of a Wong Kar-Wai film. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 The weeknight business continued to grow, and the kitchen, emboldened by so much acclaim, began taking more risks — rolling out mustard ice cream, barbecued calf's liver, kiwi beurre blanc. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 And all these guys are inside the clothes rounder, like barbecuing and watching the game. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes on Recode Decode," 22 Oct. 2018 Popcorn chicken is a big favorite, as is barbecued chicken with cheese. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch," 20 June 2018 In May at Lake Merritt a woman dubbed #BBQBecky called police to report an African American family barbecuing at the park, reported KRON. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘You must be stupid.’ Man calls cops on burrito-eating BART passenger," 27 June 2018 Some think Cochran may have barbecued her lover's body and served it to neighbors. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about convicted Indiana killer and possible cannibal Kelly Cochran," 21 June 2018 Elsewhere in the nation, videos of white people calling the police on black people performing basic activities — sleeping, barbecuing, selling water — have gone viral in recent months. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Black family says movie theater manager called police on them in West Philadelphia," 25 June 2018 Peach and tomato bread salad is your next picnic salad or serve with anything barbecued. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Smorgasburg grew, so too did interest in Magid’s small barbecue business. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018 Along with a some pretty intense scenes, the trailer also shows a few of those fun moments, including the pooch snagging an entire steak from a family's barbecue. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'A Dog's Way Home' Trailer Will Make You Ugly Cry," 16 Oct. 2018 During the trip, the family would play games and have barbecues on the islands. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 Common sources of carbon monoxide gas include heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices, including charcoal grills or barbecues. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "SAFETY ALERT: Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Probably Just Expired This Year," 21 Sep. 2018 Also, the festival — also sponsored by House of Wings and the Green Family Foundation — will feature an art expo zone, a barbecue cook-off competition and a Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S.) youth zone. Randy Grice, miamiherald, "Overtown Music & Arts Festival 'showcases the progress' of a community," 10 July 2018 But watching Arnold on his show is like being cornered by a Trump-hating relative at a family barbecue on one of those long, hazy days in August. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold, explained," 18 Sep. 2018 For that event, the club organized a bonfire on its private beach, a barbecue at one of the cottages, and a catamaran cruise. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Bermuda's Legendary Coral Beach & Tennis Club Is Welcoming a New Crowd," 24 Aug. 2018 The crisp citrus notes cut through even the most oppressive of Hong Kong humidity, making it particularly enjoyable while lounging on the beach or manning a steamy barbecue. Kate Springer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Hong Kong's Craft Beer Revolution," 17 Aug. 2018

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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

Verb

barbecue entry 2

Noun

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

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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

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

barbecue

verb
bar·​be·​cue | \ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü \
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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