\ ˈgril How to pronounce grill (audio) \
grilled; grilling; grills

Definition of grill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to broil on a grill also : to fry or toast on a griddle
2a : to torment as if by broiling
b : to question intensely the police grilled the suspect



Definition of grill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cooking utensil of parallel bars on which food is exposed to heat (as from charcoal or electricity)
2 : food that is broiled usually on a grill — compare mixed grill
3 : a usually informal restaurant or dining room

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Other Words from grill


griller noun

Synonyms for grill

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of grill in a Sentence

Verb We're planning to grill some chicken and burgers at the cookout. Her parents grilled her when she came home late. Noun She put the hamburgers on the grill. headed down to the local bar and grill for a beer and a burger
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Weinstein’s lawyers had hoped to call the detective and grill him on the lapses in the investigation. Jan Ransom,, "Film producer Harvey Weinstein is charged with rape in Los Angeles as his trial begins in New York," 6 Jan. 2020 Get the grill hot (at least 400 degrees) and grill the breast skin side down for 3-4 minutes. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Cook Wild Duck Like a Real Chef (While Drinking Bourbon in Camp)," 3 Jan. 2020 Abel Alvarez, chef and owner, has been grilling fish here since 2007. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 Hoffa became a household name in the late 1950s, when Robert F. Kennedy, then serving as chief counsel for the Senate Rackets Committee, publicly grilled him about his mob ties. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019 Teamsters Teamster’ Hoffa became a household name in the late 1950s, when Robert F. Kennedy, then serving as chief counsel for the Senate Rackets Committee, publicly grilled him about his mob ties. David Scott Witwer, The Conversation, "Jimmy Hoffa disappeared – and then his legacy took on a life of its own," 26 Nov. 2019 Behind food and something to grill it on, a good cooler is probably the next most important ingredient of a successful tailgate party. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Tailgating Fans," 20 Nov. 2019 Smith-Skinner’s defense attorney, Anthony Manning, then played a copy of Smith-Skinner’s video, and Gilligan recalled Zahursky to the stand and grilled him about the discrepancies between the video and Zahursky’s report and testimony. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "North Royalton police officer’s report, testimony in DUI case included ‘downright fabrications,' prosecutor says," 19 Nov. 2019 On Christmas day, many families will celebrate with a lunchtime barbie to grill, and then head to the beach. Ashley Novak, CNN, "Christmas traditions around the world," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Secure outdoor items: Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: High wind advisory, rain for valleys; snow hits the mountains," 10 Jan. 2020 Hundreds of people sat in the streets of the city, some cooking food on barbeque grills, afraid to return home for fear of structural damage and aftershocks. Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "6.4 quake in Puerto Rico collapses buildings, killing at least one," 7 Jan. 2020 Their outdoor counterparts, on the other hand, seem to have dropped the ball—technology has improved, but the design tends to stick to hulking stainless steel grills, retro backyard cookers, and unsightly pig boxes. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Outdoor Stove Is a Cooktop, Grill, Pizza Oven, and Fire Pit in One," 1 Jan. 2020 Atop the structure is a roof terrace that includes a sun deck, barbecue grills, and a mature apple orchard. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "First Look: Workstead Marries History and Design at Dazzling One Prospect Park West," 16 Dec. 2019 Instagram photos tease Ivy Park grills, earrings and chain ankle bracelets, as well as her first Ivy Park footwear design. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Beyonce Teases First Ivy Park Adidas Line, Reveals Release Date," 9 Dec. 2019 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 Graff also had a grill, propane tanks, a skillet and a generator. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man accused of firing a gun into the Milwaukee River used an underground bunker for up to 10 years, complaint says," 22 Nov. 2019 The bunker also had a grill, propane tanks, a generator and various power tools, Lucas said. Ivan Moreno,, "Man living in an underground bunker for ‘considerable period’ along Milwaukee River had weapons stash, sheriff says," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of grill


1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grill


French gril, from Old French greil, from Latin craticulum — more at griddle

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The first known use of grill was in 1668

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15 Jan 2020

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“Grill.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cook (food) on a metal frame over fire
: to fry or toast (something, such as a sandwich) on a hot surface
British : to cook (food) directly over or under high heat



English Language Learners Definition of grill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metal frame that is used to cook food over hot coals or an open fire
: a cooking device with a grill
: an electric device in which food is cooked between two hot surfaces


\ ˈgril How to pronounce grill (audio) \
grilled; grilling

Kids Definition of grill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cook or be cooked on a frame of bars over fire
2 : to question intensely



Kids Definition of grill (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a frame of bars on which food is cooked over a fire
2 : a cooking device equipped with a frame of bars a portable gas grill
3 : a dish of grilled or broiled food a seafood grill
4 : a usually casual restaurant

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