\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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Outside is a new upright front fascia highlighted by a chrome-wing front grille positioned above a large air intake. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines," 15 June 2018 Up front, things get a little more wild, with narrow slot headlights sitting atop a giant grinning grille that seems to open into a deep blackness pierced with laser lights. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Byton's K-Byte Electric Concept Makes Self-Driving Look Good," 12 June 2018 From the front, the trident sits dead center in the large grille with a large air intake below. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018 Outside is a new upright front fascia highlighted by a chrome-wing front grille positioned above a large air intake. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "All-new Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 The sides of a mean-looking front grille direct air around the front wheel wells to reduce wind drag, and there’s a spoiler at the back of the cab roof to steer air over the bed. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Redesigned Chevy Silverado pickup loses weight, gains size," 13 Jan. 2018 The rounded, pod-like edges of the old Traverse, which bore many minivan comparisons, have been swapped out for boxier ends and a broader, wider grille for an overall more rugged character. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Chevrolet Traverse offers up minivan function in SUV form," 25 Oct. 2017 This happens via low-frequency sound, hence the big speaker grille on the back of the wheelbase. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Thrustmaster T-GT is a great—if expensive—wheel for the PS4," 12 Mar. 2018 Exclusive to Denali is a broad and bold chrome mesh grille, which gives it a tall, wide fascia like a truck. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: 2018 GMC Terran Denali is not the champagne of compact crossovers," 16 May 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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