broil·​er | \ ˈbrȯi-lər How to pronounce broiler (audio) \

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 Turn the broiler on to high and carefully place the gratin under the heat until the cheese has melted and starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Christian Reynoso,, "Cooking with legendary Bay Area drag queen helped me see beauty in community," 25 June 2020 Slice up cauliflower and halloumi, crisp it under the broiler and let harissa do the heavy lifting. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Harissa brings the heat in these 5 recipes," 11 June 2020 What’s indisposable are enchiladas draped in rich chili gravy with a blanket of melted cheese, finished in the broiler to create enchilada alchemy. Mike Sutter,, "5 San Antonio Mexican restaurants with great enchiladas to comfort you in these coronavirus times," 4 June 2020 Pilgrim’s, along with rivals Tyson Foods Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc., have been accused in civil lawsuits of conspiring to raise prices for broiler chickens. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, "Pilgrims Pride CEO charged by U.S. in price-fixing conspiracy," 3 June 2020 The investigation also included rivals Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms, who have been accused of conspiring to raise prices for broiler chickens. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Pilgrim’s Pride, Claxton Poultry Farms executives are indicted on price-fixing charges," 3 June 2020 The wholesale price of broiler chickens increased by 50% from 2008-2016, despite a decrease in production costs, but producers say various supply-and-demand factors can explain these increases. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Chicken executives, including Pilgrim's Pride CEO, indicted on price-fixing charges," 3 June 2020 It’s made without the scary toxic stuff that’s found in most pans, and is safe in the oven (and under a broiler) up to 600 degrees. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "The Non-Stick Pan That I Use for Everything from Scrambled Eggs to Steak," 24 Mar. 2020 Cook to medium-rare in a pan, under a broiler or on a grill, about 4 minutes per side depending on thickness. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Finger sandwiches save the day," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of broiler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Broiler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of broiler

US : a part of an oven that becomes very hot and that food is placed under to be broiled
chiefly US : a young chicken that is suitable for broiling


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Kids Definition of broiler

: a young chicken suitable for broiling

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