\ˈgril \
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 & Antonyms for grill

Synonyms: Verb

ask, inquire (of), interrogate, query, question, quiz

Synonyms: Noun

café (also cafe), diner, eatery, restaurant

Antonyms: Verb

answer, reply, respond

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Examples of grill in a Sentence


We're planning to grill some chicken and burgers at the cookout. Her parents grilled her when she came home late.


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

The top grilled cheese from each contest is sold at the following year’s fair, and this one is going to blow you away. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 A few weeks before this, Michelle Snider recorded video of a woman calling the police on her husband, Kenzie Smith, and his friend, Onsayo Abram, as the two men — both African American — grilled food on Lake Merritt. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s time for Oakland to fight for its soul," 14 June 2018 Choose from a selection of three meats and cheeses accompanied by nuts, compote and bread ($43), a traditional picnic featuring two sandwiches or salads and a side ($55), or a pair or snacks like trout dip or grilled artichokes ($55). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Where to buy pre-made picnics for summer in Chicago," 8 June 2018 During the 10-hour testimony, Zuckerberg was also grilled on Facebook’s lack of diversity. Tracy Thompson, The Root, "Watch: Zuck Reveals How White Facebook Is," 20 Apr. 2018 Just this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by Congress over the ongoing Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, and he was asked numerous questions about how the company plans to handle hate speech on its platform. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Reddit CEO says racism is permitted on the platform, and users are up in arms," 11 Apr. 2018 Democrats grilled Haspel on Wednesday during her confirmation hearing about her role in the George W. Bush administration interrogation and detention program, specifically her involvement in the 2005 destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. Daniella Diaz, CNN, "Manchin becomes first Democrat to say he'll vote for Gina Haspel," 9 May 2018 On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are grilling Mark Zuckerberg about how Facebook was used to help Russia meddle in the 2016 election., "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 During a congressional hearing after the launch, members of the Science House Committee grilled a SpaceX vice president about the failure, questioning if the company’s vehicles were reliable. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX isn’t responsible for loss of Zuma spy satellite, WSJ report confirms," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That Are Quick and Easy Barbecue season is upon us and your grill probably needs a good cleaning. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "No, Whataburger and Shiner aren't making a collaborative beer after all," 10 July 2018 In response to that incident, as well as a general protest of the impact of gentrification on the area, hundreds of Black locals showed up at the same park a few days later to fire up their grills and throw their own party. Paula Rogo,, "'BBQ Becky' Called the Cops on This Black Man. Now He Is Running for City Council," 6 July 2018 Image Plenty of summers have gone by without so much as a hamburger or hot dog touching my grill. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 Here’s how to get your grill ready for the summer barbecue season. Alexa Imani Spencer, USA TODAY, "Making cheeseburgers at home will cost you, data shows," 4 July 2018 Assume that the host wants to be in charge of his or her grill. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "14 Ways to Exude Big Dick Energy at Any Barbecue," 2 July 2018 Way outside of any kind of city, outside rows of no-till beans invaded by wild turkeys, outside in his Eastern Shore back yard with his Weber gas grill — just plain outside. William Marimow,, "Rob Hiaasen's former boss recalls the 'five-tool player'," 29 June 2018 But there are some bright spots for those unsuccessful catching a fish, or those who simply don't want to take the time to catch and process salmon—but want some on their grill or in their freezer. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Salmon fishing season got you down? Here are locals who can help fill your freezer," 27 June 2018 The styling is vintage Maserati, with its low-slung concave grill hungry for asphalt. Fortune, "Maserati: 'It May Look Like We Are Targeting Tesla: We Are'," 1 June 2018

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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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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

: 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 \
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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playful or foolish behavior

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