\ 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

Charles Alexander, the Corps' director of contingency, was grilled by lawmakers during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month. Ray Sanchez And Faith Karimi, CNN, "Army Corps to leave Puerto Rico as hurricane season approaches," 18 May 2018 Brann was grilled by defense lawyers about the particulars of the case last week in a Houston federal courtroom, where his former in-laws Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes, are on trial for conspiracy to abduct the boy. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Senators call for return of Houston boy, allegedly kidnapped by mother," 15 May 2018 Press a divot into the top of each patty, if desired, for a flatter top after grilling. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 There is a large charcoal grill at the back of the patio where Guzman prepares the brats, and also grills hotdogs, by request. Myrna Petlicki, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Dockside Dogs in Waukegan," 10 July 2018 Other options include turkey ($9.99), monte cristo ($11.49), and grilled three-cheese ($8.99) ‘wiches. Lauren Delgado,, "First Bite: Woody's Lunch Box in Disney's Toy Story Land," 11 July 2018 Kids’ Plate options come with your choice of fries or applesauce: Steakburger, mini corn dogs, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, grilled cheese or chicken fingers. Melissa Reinert,, "Steak 'N Shake: Kids eat free every weekend this summer," 10 July 2018 Page could likewise expect to face a grilling in her committee interview. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump says FBI's Strzok, Page getting 'cold feet' ahead of Capitol Hill sessions," 10 July 2018 The Press Your best bet for both coffee and grilled cheese in the area is The Press in El Granada, Clark says. David Ferry,, "Mavericks legend Jeff Clark’s favorite spots in Half Moon Bay," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Head to Glacier View River Retreat (35068 W. Glenn Highway) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a day filled with launching cars, an eclectic parade, zipline rides, treats fresh off the grill and more. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Fireworks and festivals: Here’s what’s happening across Alaska for Fourth of July, 2018," 29 June 2018 Chicken dinners and grill items, beer and wine with ID. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018 Allow mixture to set for at least 15 minutes while prepping grill. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Grilled Garlicky Zucchini and Squash Medley," 9 May 2018 Get a free roller grill item by signing up with a mobile number through March 18. Doreen Christensen,, "Free roller grill item at RaceTrac," 15 Mar. 2018 Romaine is the perfect vehicle to pick up the smokiness from the grill and the flavor is well balanced by the sweetness of the shallot bacon jam and the brightness of the buttermilk blue cheese dressing. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 2018 Products vary from a Seagate 4TB external hard drive for $119.99 to a Coleman RoadTrip portable standup grill for $229 to a KidCraft Charlotte Dollhouse for $139.99. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon is already offering Prime Day deals before July 16," 5 July 2018 Prepare charcoal grill for medium-heat cooking (about 400 degrees), while allowing the chicken to rest with the rub at room temperature. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Radical Rosemary Chicken," 2 July 2018 Hot grills, charcoal, lighter fluid and citronella candles can also harm your pet. Susannah Bryan,, "Keep your pet safe on July 4th," 2 July 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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