\ 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 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


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

December 11 The search giant’s top executive was grilled on the topic by members of Congress before the House Judiciary Committee today. Recode, "Mr Pichai goes to Washington: The Google CEO testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee," 11 Dec. 2018 In April, the Cambridge Analytica data-mining crisis saw Mark Zuckerberg grilled by the United States Senate over a tense and highly publicized two days in Washington DC. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Takes a Break from Privacy Scandals to Release a Smart Camera That Films You in Your Home," 8 Oct. 2018 The menu’s other two mains, skirt steak and wild coho, are grilled over oak with the same exactitude. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Zuckerberg was also grilled by the Senate concerning the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal that saw 87 million people's account credentials compromised. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Facebook Data Breach Affects 50 Million Users," 28 Sep. 2018 Throughout her testimony, in front of an all-white, all-male committee, Professor Hill’s credibility was questioned, and she was grilled on every lascivious aspect of the alleged interactions over and over. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony—Here's Everything You Should Know," 26 Sep. 2018 On Thursday, Kavanaugh was also grilled by Senator Kamala Harris (D–Calif.), who asked him about the reproductive freedom of men compared to women. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Brett Kavanaugh Referred to Birth Control as 'Abortion-Inducing Drugs' During Confirmation Hearings," 7 Sep. 2018 The asada is grilled over mesquite in large slabs by Mojarro, then chopped to bits in a display window that faces the hungry crowd. Ben Mesirow,, "Head to this Mexicali-style taco truck in East L.A. for barbacoa-stuffed vampiros and fresh flour tortillas," 2 July 2018 Vapor chamber Gordon grilled Razer over the new cooling design in the Razer Phone 2, and his first impressions are positive. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His other piece of advice: Don’t approach the grill with perfection in mind. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 The slight 66-year-old stands over the A’s grill wielding a spatula, a hairnet stretched over her dark bun and a red apron around her waist, waiting for her son to put her out of a job. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 This will help the patties cook evenly and prevent them from puffing on the grill. Teri Mena, sacbee, "You’ll flip over this recipe for burgers," 12 June 2018 But while Flippy can sense the meat’s internal temperature and, yes, flip the patties, workers pick up a lot of slack: Humans still need to actually put the patties on the grill, take them off when they’re done and add toppings. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "'Westworld' gets real, Kristen Wiig turns evil, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 16 Mar. 2018 Vardakostas’s pitch is simple: Machines can cook burgers over a hot griddle and slice tomatoes more efficiently than a human can and don’t have the health hazard of showing up to work the grill with a cold. Fortune, "The World's First Robot-Made Burger Is Here," 27 June 2017 Roast or grill whole, or harvest them larger and stuff with rice, meat, and veggies. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 His Finca Altozano now encompasses the original outdoor grill restaurant, a tortas truck, an ice-cream shop, and the pop-up dinner series Animalón under a 100-year-old oak tree. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Lawmakers will also likely grill the nominee on his stance or opinions on the legitimacy of the Mueller investigation. Jen Kirby, Vox, "What happens to Mueller’s investigation if Jeff Sessions is fired or quits?," 12 Oct. 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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