bri·​quette bri-ˈket How to pronounce briquette (audio)
variants or briquet
: a compacted often brick-shaped mass of usually fine material
a charcoal briquette
briquette transitive verb

Examples of briquette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is not your typical American cookout with briquettes poured into a Weber and doused in lighter fluid. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 Put your choice of slow-burning briquettes or lump charcoal in its hopper. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 8 Aug. 2023 For charcoal grills, simply dump the old charcoal briquettes into a metal container. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 Weber Grill Starter Cubes Crush up these white briquettes for an instantaneous fire, which burns at 120°F for over 10 minutes minutes. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 12 July 2023 Light large chimney starter mounded with charcoal briquettes (7 quarts). America's Test Kitchen, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2023 Never mind fussing with briquettes or contemplating lighter fluid — this will get your charcoal red-hot in around 15 minutes. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 16 June 2023 Adjust your grill to high heat, or about 450°F to 500°F, by igniting more briquettes (for charcoal grills) or igniting the center burner on high (for gas grills). Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2023 For a charcoal grill, with vents open, ignite 50 to 75 briquettes for a 22-inch grill. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History


French briquette, diminutive of brique brick

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of briquette was in 1883

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“Briquette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or briquet
: a compact mass of powdery or ground-up material pressed together and molded
charcoal briquettes

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