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

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 Next July 4th, maybe more people will protest instead of barbecuing. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Man, Twitter Loves a Good Civil War Meme, Huh?," 8 July 2018 Kenzie Smith recently announced his intentions to run for Oakland City Council month after a white woman, Jennifer Schulte, called the cops on him and his family for barbecuing in a nearby Oakland park. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "'BBQ Becky' Called the Cops on This Black Man. Now He Is Running for City Council," 6 July 2018 They have been seen kissing in New York City, cuddling on social media and spent the July 4th holiday barbecuing with friends. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Gigi Hadid Confirms Her Eyes Are Tattooed on Zayn Malik as She Claps Back at Relationship Haters," 5 July 2018 Of course, the heat does come with its up-sides like the start of tubing season and all the backyard barbecues your heart desires. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Memes perfectly describe what it's like to deal with the blistering heat of Texas summers," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From four cheese with truffle oil to the sausage with barbecue sauce and jalapenos, the options run the gamut. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 In San Francisco last year, homeless people draped a tarp over a security robot that patrolled the parking lot of a nonprofit, tipped it over, and smeared barbecue sauce over its camera lenses. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual," 20 June 2018 That might mean stirring Bertman's Ball Park Mustard into his barbecue sauce, or crafting Hungarian Smoked Kielbasa from a recipe used by J&J Czuchraj Meats (CHOO-cry), Symon's favorite jerky source and one of the cornerstones of West Side Market. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "A look at Michael Symon's new book about 'Cleveland-style' barbecue (photos, recipes)," 11 Apr. 2018 Another aspect of the village Sharer said many enjoy is the eight parks, including the two largest parks—Forestgate Park and Falconwing Park—which offer swimming in the summer, barbecue spots and pavilions. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Village Profile: Indian Springs has historical roots to Bidai tribe," 2 June 2018 The restaurant has been a welcome addition for a neighborhood long in need of local barbecue spot. Chicago Reader, "Dylan Lipe of BBQ Supply Co.," 31 May 2018 Youkilis’ Hi Lo BBQ was replaced by David Barzelay’s tasting menu restaurant Lazy Bear in 2014, a year after the barbecue spot opened. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hog & Rocks closes as the Mission continues to change around it," 11 Apr. 2018 Those voters helped Tropical Chinese work its way through the World Cuisine region and defeat the upscale Asian barbecue spot with James Beard award clout, Kyu. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "And the Munch Madness 2018 champion is... | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 Through July 22, this chain will let their diners enjoy their French fries topped off with barbecue — pulled pork or pulled chicken for $7.99, and chopped brisket for $8.99. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Here's how to celebrate National French Fry Day," 13 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

Verb

barbecue entry 2

Noun

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

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Phrases Related to barbecue

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The first known use of barbecue was circa 1689

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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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