\ ˈgril How to pronounce grille (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web In particular, historical homes may require custom-sized windows or need a certain shape or grille pattern that matches the traditional look of the home. Maria Masters, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2022 The redesign of the 2022 Tucson is clear starting from the front grille. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 15 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, unlike the F-150 Lightning and the GMC Hummer, the front panel that would typically be a grille, is fixed in place rather than being attached to the hood. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The massive kidney grille—which is clearly here to stay—and extended hood almost give it the appearance of having a long snout. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2021 An alleged spy photo (above) of the car's front end shows a Lexus spindle grille and the same overall shape of the Toyobaru siblings. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 25 June 2021 There are fake vents around the Mustang logo on the front, as, of course, electric cars don’t need a grille for cooling the engine. Christian De Looper, BGR, 21 Oct. 2021 Visually, the Timberline gains a special black grille and Active Orange accents on the exterior and interior. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 21 Sep. 2021 Exterior changes include a more upright grille and pixel projector headlights that adapt to oncoming traffic to avoid the eyes of oncoming drivers while improving illumination elsewhere. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Jan 2022

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“Grille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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