\ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every man is different but luckily the internet functions as a sweeping universe of fun gadgets, toys and tech for every type of person imaginable: from the tech geeks and gamers to grill masters and gym rats. Meredith Woerner, Variety, 29 Nov. 2021 The building will have a 5,000-square-foot open-air courtyard with restaurant seating and space for tenants to grill and have picnics. Don Stacom,, 5 Oct. 2021 Place mushrooms directly on the cooking grate and grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until tender and well-marked. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 An open spiral staircase adds to the home’s eccentric design, and a patio and grill out back provide plenty of space for guests to enjoy the outdoors., 4 Oct. 2021 Grill for 10 minutes; brush the meaty side with barbecue sauce, if using, and grill another 3 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 Cover; grill 10 to 15 minutes for medium-rare (135°F). Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 This extremely popular new restaurant has become an Instagram sensation with its waterfront infinity pool fronting the bar and grill. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, or grill for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are starting to burst and the skins are starting to char. Casey Barber, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Up on the sand, rows of lobsters were tossed on the grill. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2021 In a statement, Chipotle said the chicken is seasoned with a dry rub of several spices, including cumin and guajillo peppers, then seared on the grill and finished with garlic, chili peppers and fresh-squeezed lime. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 Wilt it quickly, like spinach, into pasta, risotto, or a simple sauté, cook cut heads on the grill until caramelized, or broil wedges or shreds in the oven until starting to brown. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 1 Nov. 2021 That man said the boy was too close to a grill and was pushed away to avoid being burned. cleveland, 11 July 2021 And for another client, a beautiful piece of fish stuck to the grill and fell apart. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2021 Add the marinated chicken to the grill, and cook, turning once halfway through, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Laura Rege, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2021 Ground turkey, salmon, and chicken dishes rotate throughout the week like clockwork, some headed to the stovetop, others to the grill. Katie Strasberg Rousso, Southern Living, 13 May 2021 Then, head to the grill, or pull out your stovetop grill pan. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021

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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 : broil



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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