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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Production of broiler chickens—raised for meat—is set to rise this year to a record 42.5 billion pounds, and several processors, including Tyson, are building new plants. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Chicken, Turkey and Tuna Have a Beef With Your Burger," 30 June 2018 Each steak is seared to perfection in a custom 1800o broiler, finished with butter and fresh parsley, and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate—just as Ruth liked it. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Bon Appetit, "How a New Orleans Staple Became a Worldwide Steak House Icon," 14 May 2018 Grill: Preheat a grill or char-broiler to medium high. Debbi Snook,, "John Selick's Braised Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes, Black Beans and Rice (recipe)," 4 Apr. 2018 The Star File Steaks will be grilled over an open fire of oak and pecan on a custom broiler. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "KC's iconic Golden Ox to reopen with new owners and a $68 steak," 7 June 2018 To make the barbecue salmon: Preheat the broiler to high and set the oven rack about 6 inches below it. Chris Ross,, "Salmon with rub is easy weeknight meal," 21 May 2018 Set oven broiler to high to preheat oven, then turn to low. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 After layering on the olive spread, the instructions said to assemble the sandwiches and to place them under the broiler for two minutes. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "Olive spread recipe so good even olive-haters love it," 17 May 2018 Place the baking sheet under the broiler for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bread crumbs are nicely toasted and golden brown, and the fish is cooked through. Chris Ross,, "Giada De Laurentiis' Lemon Sole Oreganata," 23 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'broiler.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of broiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about broiler

Dictionary Entries near broiler








Statistics for broiler

Last Updated

11 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for broiler

The first known use of broiler was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for broiler



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on broiler

What made you want to look up broiler? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!