grill

verb
\ 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

grill

noun

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

Verb

griller noun

Synonyms for grill

Synonyms: Verb

catechize, examine, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang]

Synonyms: Noun

beanery, café (also cafe), caff [British], diner, eatery, restaurant

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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

In New York, Harlem’s Hot Bread Kitchen churns out gooey grilled cheese sandwiches while helping at-risk women become (literal) breadwinners. Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 The news quickly reverberated on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are set to grill Zuckerberg at a series of hearings next week. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Personal data of nearly 2 billion users collected and shared with outsiders, Facebook says," 4 Apr. 2018 Then, click here for a new twist on an old custom, and watch geologists use actual molten lava to grill up some steaks. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Remembering the Capital Gazette Victims," 29 June 2018 Suspects are held in a cell and routinely grilled daily by investigators without a lawyer present, although lawyers are allowed to visit. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Tokyo court rejects Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn’s bail request," 22 Jan. 2019 In the corner, a kangaroo and her joey are busy grilling on the barbie. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Baby Gifts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received So Far," 24 Oct. 2018 One of Kavanaugh’s grilling on Capitol Hill an unexpected vibe. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "THIS Is Must-See TV: All the Drama You Missed on Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings," 4 Sep. 2018 Their activities ranged from Prince Philip grilling sausages at Balmoral to the Queen making small talk with U.S. President Richard Nixon. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Documentary About the Royal Family Hasn't Been Seen Since 1969," 23 Aug. 2018 Supporters view Barrett, 46, as getting the better of Democrats during last year’s confirmation hearing when she was grilled over how her Catholic faith would affect her judicial rulings. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Supreme Court opening: Indiana's Amy Coney Barrett a favorite of grassroots conservatives," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The grill can fry, bake or boil a meal for up to eight people sans fuel, using only energy from the sun. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "10 Sustainable Features That Are Changing The Definition Of Smart House," 28 Oct. 2016 Some parents did—the fun ones who would put a red nose on the grill of their minivan in December. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "I Always Take My Kids Trick-or-Treating. This Year I Was Fired.," 29 Oct. 2018 The grill’s large, open hearth is behind a butcher-block counter that runs the length of the dining room, which has been dressed down to suit the casual concept. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Like Mexican street corn straight from a vendor’s grill, this is sweet, with a lime-y tang and the slightly savory finish of Anchor’s trademark yeast. 2. William Bostwick, WSJ, "This Summer’s Must-Have Beers for the Poolside Cooler," 16 May 2018 The prized seats were right in front of owner-chef Chris Schlesinger’s live-fire grill. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Five restaurants that are gone from Boston but definitely not forgotten," 9 May 2018 Sundays here are always bustling given that the kitchen lights up an outside grill for a Spanish barbecue. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 There's a speaker grill on the top edge of the phone and then the bezels rapidly fall off, leaving you with basically an all-screen phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM," 25 Oct. 2018 Local community groups often raise money by setting up a grill at polling places to sell sausages wrapped in a slice of bread. Tacey Rychter, The Seattle Times, "Australia tells America: Here’s how to fix your voting system," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of grill

Verb

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grill

Noun

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

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grill

verb

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

grill

noun

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

grill

verb
\ 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

grill

noun

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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