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 Lamb will be barbecued in a pit room located on the side of the building. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "South St. Paul’s Croatian Hall turns 100," 18 Aug. 2019 Grilling or smoking the cabbage adds a depth of flavor that takes slaw from the periphery of the plate to the center, from supporting player to barbecue itself. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Coleslaw Kissed by Fire," 2 Aug. 2019 The people of New Hampshire were out barbecuing, or setting up for fireworks, or up at a lake house listening to the call of the loons. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 The front-runner to unseat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had stopped by a Rotary Club ribfest in this Toronto suburb and was sharing barbecuing tips with reporters. Washington Post, "Canada’s Trudeau is down in the polls. Can the Conservatives take advantage?," 15 July 2019 Half-Christmas should be celebrated by wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, drinking keg nog, singing Christmas carols to your neighbors, and barbecuing on your roof. Cady Lang, Time, "There's No Time Like Today to Give 'Half-Christmas' the Sitcom Holiday Appreciation It Deserves," 25 June 2019 Its medium hop bitterness is enough to stand up to barbecue sauce. - from James Sumpter, head brewer at Birmingham District Brewing Co. 3. Eric Velasco, al.com, "8 tasty Birmingham beer and barbecue pairings," 6 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 There are food and contests, including a barbecue competition, kids activities and, of course, hurling pumpkins through the air with catapults. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six weekends of fall fun in and around Milwaukee include harvest festivals, trick or treating and haunted hiking," 3 Sep. 2019 Arbuckle Acres Park will host the event featuring inflatables for the kids, yard games, beer, wine, live music, barbecue vendors and food trucks. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 32 September festivals to kick off your fall," 2 Sep. 2019 The right-hander, an avid barbecue aficionado, said his experience working at Little Miss gave him perspective on his winding career. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "From prized prospect to journeyman junk-baller, Tim Melville’s winding baseball career continues with Rockies," 1 Sep. 2019 Then a few weeks ago, on July 12, 20-year-old Sierota invited Alabama to a barbecue. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "From Reporting Comments to Privacy Settings, Here's How to Keep Teens Safe on Instagram," 9 Aug. 2019 At LoHi food hall Avanti Food and Beverage, a new food stand opening Friday wants to dig into street food with varying influences, from Chinese bao to Korean barbecue to al pastor tacos and falafel. Beth Rankin, The Know, "Street Feud, celebrating global street fare, opens Friday at Avanti Food & Beverage," 8 Aug. 2019 Almost 30 years ago, a Chicago house music DJ from the Ida B. Wells projects went to a barbecue on the south side. Aliya S. King, Billboard, "Wayne Williams on Signing R. Kelly and Why He's Playing 'Wait and See' on Latest Charges: Exclusive Q&A," 2 Aug. 2019 For those like Lacher who don’t have any upcoming weddings to attend, other reviewers have said the dress is great for any occasion from anniversary dinners to backyard barbecues. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Amazon Users are Obsessed With This $30 Dress That's Perfect for Summer Weddings," 23 July 2019 From a friend’s beach house to a backyard barbecue, or simply home to family, bring something thoughtful along to spruce up the party table. Anny Choi, Vogue, "20 Fourth of July Hostess Gift Ideas That Will Win You “Best Guest”," 27 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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25 Sep 2019

Time Traveler for barbecue

The first known use of barbecue was circa 1689

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More Definitions for barbecue

barbecue

verb
How to pronounce barbecue (audio)

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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