\ ˈgril \
variants: or grill

Definition of grille 

1 : a grating forming a barrier or screen especially : an ornamental one at the front end of an automobile
2 : an opening covered with a grille
3 usually grill : a set of metallic covers for the teeth

Examples of grille in a Sentence

The vent was covered with a grille. The truck has a large metal grille at the front.

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The Hellcat comes with a new dual-inlet performance grille, along with standard features including launch assist, after-run chiller and torque reserve. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Dodge unveils 797-horsepower, 200 mph Hellcat Redeye," 28 June 2018 Tundra gets new 18-inch wheels, a new grille and hood scoop. Robert Duffer,, "15 must-see debuts, concept vehicles and displays at the Chicago Auto Show," 10 Feb. 2018 Above the stove is a round, neo-Gothic grille window. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 485 Deercliff Road, Avon," 20 Oct. 2017 So the Kona EV ditches the big grille for a much more aerodynamic front end. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The new 2019 Hyundai Kona EV is a clever little electric crossover," 24 Oct. 2018 Carried over from the current RAV4, the Adventure ups the truck ante further with larger tires and a different front bumper and grille design seemingly yanked right off the Tacoma pickup. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota RAV4 / RAV4 Hybrid: Sales Champ Gets a Compelling Overhaul," 29 Mar. 2018 The unique front end includes standard LED daytime running lights; a dark chrome V-Motion grille; and NISMO badges. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Nissan’s Sentra NISMO sport sedan returns for 2018 with extra features | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Jan. 2018 Tickled to meet two Yanqui travelers, Eduardo opened a rusty grille and led us into a maze of dark tunnels, where flickering lightbulbs revealed old Cuban uniforms and a shards of the American U-2 spy plane shot down during the standoff. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 The exterior has a fast-sloping rear window, crisp character lines and a wide chrome grille that sweeps dramatically into the headlights for a striking departure from VW’s usual restrained styling. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2019 Jetta is Volkswagen’s best compact sedan," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of grille

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grille

French grille, from Old French graille, from Latin craticula, diminutive of cratis wickerwork — more at hurdle

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English Language Learners Definition of grille

: a metal frame with bars running across it that is used to cover or protect something


variants: or grill \ ˈgril \

Kids Definition of grille

: an often ornamental arrangement of bars forming a barrier or screen

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