gril·​lage ˈgri-lij How to pronounce grillage (audio)
: a framework of timber or steel for support in marshy or treacherous soil
: a framework for supporting a load (such as a column)

Examples of grillage in a Sentence

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Word History


French, from griller to supply with grillwork, from gril

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grillage was in 1776

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“Grillage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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