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

This Independence Day, after spending the day barbecuing with the family and enjoying a drink or two, share an exciting photo with an inspirational quote or saying that perfectly captures the celebration of America’s birthday. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "60 Cute 4th of July Instagram Captions That Will Get All the Likes," 5 June 2019 In response, Marolf suggested that a medium-size fuzzball might still be able to barbecue Alice in other ways. Quanta Magazine, "Black Hole Firewalls Could Be Too Tepid to Burn," 22 Aug. 2018 One day, shortly after the McKinneys moved to Fort Sam, Jason McKinney’s wife, Tabbi, saw an amputee barbecuing nearby. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "College path for San Antonio student started with dad’s combat wound," 4 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Calhoun Square outpost not only operated as a barbecue restaurant, but as a music club, too. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Famous Dave’s in Uptown closes," 12 July 2019 Previously, an Asian barbecue restaurant and a place featuring axe-throwing have applied for new licenses in the shopping center. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Liquor licenses recommended for new Aurora restaurants," 11 June 2019 Hickory Sticks’ shuttering continues a bad run for barbecue restaurants in eastern Broward. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hickory Sticks BBQ in Fort Lauderdale closes after 7-year run," 4 June 2019 Flavor the ribs Sprinkle with your favorite barbecue rub. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs: 5 sure-fire tips for grilling perfect ribs," 30 June 2019 No less than three events for bikers this weekend: Friday nights are outdoors Bike Nights at the New England Motorcycle Museum, at 200 W. Main St., Rockville, which means a band, Little Mark’s barbecue and camaraderie from 6 to 9 p.m. courant.com, "Six things to do this week," 30 June 2019 Campers have access to the main lodge, a coffee and doughnut shop, and Hank’s Bar & Grill, which serves barbecue and smoked meats in a barn setting that flows onto a patio with stunning views of the Continental Divide. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Colorado’s newest campground offers glamping an hour from Denver," 29 June 2019 On the day of his Washington visit, Canada’s MPs dispersed from Ottawa and hit the barbecue circuit to begin the unofficial campaign for the general election due in October. The Economist, "Justin Trudeau starts Canada’s election campaign as the underdog," 28 June 2019 Until now, the parking lot outside the former Scottish Country Store had just one occupant, the Dallas native Kyle Rensmeyer’s deep blue Texas-style barbecue cart. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Two of Portland’s best new food carts are teaming up," 28 June 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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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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