\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This year will be the first time for Panda Poolside to operate the snack bar and grill. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 The property, which is occupied by a tequila bar and grill, is across from a chain of luxury stores and the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, according to local media. Robert Downen, Chron, 28 Apr. 2022 Anthony Bourdain filmed one of the final episodes of Parts Unknown at the Lost Horse Saloon, a cowboy bar and grill where the neon sign outside tells you exactly what to order: beer. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2022 Below, a list of the best Mother’s day gifts for moms who grill, bake, sip tea with abandon, shake a mean mezcal margarita, or scold you for not rinsing the rice three times. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 22 Apr. 2022 Last fall, the House Oversight Committee convened to grill oil and gas CEOs about their funding of climate disinformation. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Austin’s restaurants are incredible – but it’s also the random local on the side of the road with a smoker/grill in tow that really hits. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 15 Mar. 2022 Incrediplex also was home to conference and party rooms as well as a bar and grill that featured televisions, including a 300-inch projection screen. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Jan. 2022 Defense attorneys complained to the judge about the juror, then went on to grill Franks about his testimony. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fun fact: The restaurant houses its own charcoal grill, used exclusively to cook the skewers. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 11 May 2022 Those competing must bring their own grill and be limited to cooking on charcoal, wood, or pellet fires. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 Some covers add air vents (a nice extra that keeps condensation off your grill, plus helps with wind control), and handles for easily sliding them on and off. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2022 Don’t be too far away from your grill while cooking. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 From then on, Sobotka moved his grill into a nook outside. Helene St. James, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 The other cooking surface on the island is his rectangular teppanyaki grill. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2022 Ward said the metal tools were part of a nail and cuticle set, and the lighter was for their grill. John Archibald |, al, 20 Feb. 2022 After two years of researching, designing, improving, and testing, Z Grills was finally ready to launch their most innovative grill to date, the Multitasker Wi-Fi 11002B. Tim Clark, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for grill


\ 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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