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 When the world started to change in mid-March, barbecue up-and-comer Joe Zavala saw a way through. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Grand Prairie restaurant owner is finding success through the drive-through window," 4 Aug. 2020 The idea of not being able to freely barbecue with friends and family without precautionary measures, or just head out to the beach, is unsettling. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Staying safe this Fourth of July weekend," 2 July 2020 In the third episode, which Thomas also teases contains a clue, Mr. Jablonski can be seen barbecuing. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "When The Streetlights Go On," 15 Apr. 2020 Hiking at Euclid Creek, Joannie Havach said the families on her block all plan to barbecue at the same time soon and chat meanwhile through megaphones. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Streets and parks draw crowds seeking exercise and relief during coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 There is an ample front lawn and a back barbecuing area next to the porch. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$700,000 Homes in Montana, California and Georgia," 25 Mar. 2020 When it's cooked whole, it's usually served as a roast or barbecued brisket. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corned beef: Here's what you need to know and three ways to cook it," 8 Mar. 2020 Kiz: The Broncos went to Kansas City and got barbecued. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Does Broncos linebacker Von Miller want out of Denver?," 16 Dec. 2019 An additional meat and two sides are featured Sundays (on Nov. 17, it’s barbecued chicken, string beans and potatoes). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Daddy's BBQ and Soul Food is popping up at 29th and Villard," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Big wings prepares whole bone-in wings with a choice of 15 sauces or rubs, such as Buffalo ranch rub, garlic Parmesan, Kansas City barbecue sauce, white barbecue sauce and a sauce called MKE Lava. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ghost kitchens Fiesta Panda, a Mexican-Asian restaurant, and Big Wings open in Milwaukee," 9 Oct. 2020 Divide the barbecue sauce between them, again spreading to coat the tops of each from edge to edge (so the edges don’t curl when baking). Washington Post, "Barbecue Sweet Potato Tortizzas," 4 Oct. 2020 The harsh reality is that the Travis Scott meal is just a Quarter Pounder with cheese, lettuce and bacon, with medium fries and barbecue sauce. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "I tried the McDonald's Travis Scott meal, and it didn’t even taste like him," 25 Sep. 2020 The barbecue sauce is dark, sweet, smacking with tang. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "How drive-throughs (and Texas Twinkies) saved a family barbecue joint," 21 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, combine barbecue sauce with 1 cup water and stir to combine. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "5 dishes to cook for the 4th of July," 1 July 2020 Move propane barbecue appliances away from structures. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "California wildfires: What to do before you evacuate," 9 Oct. 2020 Lee also prepares barbecue for the homeless once a year. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Daddy's BBQ & Soul Food finds a welcoming home in Riverwest," 9 Oct. 2020 An exchange of gunfire with police and National Guard members left David McAtee, who owned a popular barbecue stand there, dead from a single bullet wound to the chest. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Investigative report blames media 'misinformation' in Breonna Taylor case for civil unrest," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Barbecue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbecue. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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