Definition of gridiron
1 : a grate for broiling food Put the steaks on the gridiron.
2 : something consisting of or covered with a network a gridiron of streets
3 : a football field The two teams will face each other on the gridiron.
Examples of gridiron in a sentence
The book recounts his many moments of glory on the gridiron.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of gridiron
Middle English gredire, alteration of gridel, gredil griddle
First Known Use: 14th century
GRIDIRON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gridiron for English Language Learners
: a metal grid for cooking food over a fire
: the field on which American football is played
GRIDIRON Defined for Kids
Definition of gridiron for Students
1 : a grate for cooking food over a fire
2 : a football field
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