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barbecue

verb bar·be·cue \ ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü \

Definition of barbecue

barbecued; barbecuing
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

barbecuer

noun

Examples of barbecue in a Sentence

  1. We barbecued chicken and ribs.

  2. We barbecue often during the summer.

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Origin and Etymology of barbecue


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barbecue

noun
variants: or less commonly barbeque

Definition of barbecue

1 a :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of barbecue

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



BARBECUE Defined for English Language Learners

barbecue

verb

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


barbecue

noun

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

verb bar·be·cue \ ˈbär-bi-ˌkyü \

Definition of barbecue for Students

barbecued; barbecuing
:to cook over hot coals or on an open fire often in a highly seasoned sauce

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barbecue

noun

Definition of barbecue for Students

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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