Definition of gridiron
- Put the steaks on the gridiron.
- a gridiron of streets
- The two teams will face each other on the gridiron.
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The book recounts his many moments of glory on the gridiron.
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Modern gridirons are most likely to be covered by football players, but the original gridirons were more likely to be covered with meat or fish; they were metal gratings used for broiling food over an open fire. In Middle English, such a grating was called a gredil, a root that gave modern English both gridiron and griddle. How did gridiron become associated with football? That happened in the late 1800s, when a white grid pattern was added to football fields to help enforce new rules about how many yards a team had to gain to keep possession of the ball. From high up in the stands, the lines made the playing fields look like cooking gridirons.
: a metal grid for cooking food over a fire
: the field on which American football is played
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