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

On Thursday night, at a birthday dinner for one of the camp's founders, the menu included charcuterie and barbecued ribeye that the 140 diners chased down with 60 bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "What Going to Burning Man Is Really Like," 17 Dec. 2012 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the back of Blue Smoke, an upscale New York City barbecue restaurant, a quiet table on the edge of the dining room becomes a safe haven. Law Roach, Glamour, "The Tao of Tiffany Haddish: ‘If They're Not Talking About You, Then You're Not Doing Your Job’," 31 July 2018 Chantel had eaten dinner with her the night before at a Mongolian barbecue restaurant but had not heard from her since. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018 Rodney Scott, a black Charleston chef who specializes in barbecue, was named the best chef in the southeast region. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Black chefs hopeful, skeptical as culinary world grows more inclusive," 28 May 2018 Garlic Mushroom Kabobs These meat-like skewers are delicious barbecue alternative for vegetarians and vegans. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean, Prep, and Cook Mushrooms Perfectly," 22 Feb. 2019 Our client loves to cook, and the super long Bulthaup counter in the kitchen leads right into the comfortable outdoor spaces and barbecue area—a perfect place for gathering of friends and family. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Emily Summers Reveals A Previously Unpublished 1950s Ranch House You'll Love," 14 Feb. 2019 La Sultana Oualidia’s culinary team, meanwhile, is prepping a seaside barbecue worthy of a royal reception. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 From sprawling farmhouses to backyard barbecue ideas, Country Living offers soulful and spirited how-tos that embrace slowing down and living well. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 The harbor advocacy group compiled data on everything from beaches to bike racks to barbecue pits, then put it online in a mappable, searchable format. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a new way to find a restroom (and other things) on Boston’s waterfront," 11 July 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

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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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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