broil·​er | \ˈbrȯi-lər \

Definition of broiler 

1 : one that broils

2 : a bird fit for broiling especially : a chicken that is younger and smaller than a roaster

Examples of broiler in a Sentence

Put the steaks under the broiler.

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Over a gas flame or under a broiler set to high heat, char peppers until blackened all over. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest, Most Comforting Fish Recipe," 18 Oct. 2018 Many layer, broiler, and dual-purpose breeds are available as standards or bantams. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Place bread under the broiler and cook for about 2 minutes or until dark and toasted on one side. Vitamix, Bon Appetit, "Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Soup with Cheesy Croutons," 11 June 2018 The culminating moment came after months of debate in town over the operation of the Vardas’ farm, which already contains 1,700 broiler and fryer chickens within a neighborhood in North Barrington. Todd Shields,, "North Barrington committee rejects plan for chicken farm in residential neighborhood," 23 May 2018 Slide under broiler and cook just until eggs on top have set. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sausage and Potato Frittata," 17 Dec. 2012 Preheat a broiler to high, or preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Ann Maloney,, "How to make Antoine's Baked Alaska at home," 1 Feb. 2018 Place the tray of wings under the broiler for about 3 minutes. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Chicken Wing Dinner: A Rent Week Winner," 4 May 2018 These spindles are stacked with slices of pork and chicken, pressed, seared crisp on the vertical broiler, and shaved to order by owner Ali Kalatzakis with a buzzing, circular electric knife — a spectacle unto itself. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of broiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of broiler

: a part of an oven that becomes very hot and that food is placed under to be broiled

: a young chicken that is suitable for broiling


broil·​er | \ˈbrȯi-lər \

Kids Definition of broiler

: a young chicken suitable for broiling

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