\ ˈgril How to pronounce grill (audio) \
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

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of grill in a Sentence

Verb We're planning to grill some chicken and burgers at the cookout. Her parents grilled her when she came home late. Noun 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 Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, or grill for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are starting to burst and the skins are starting to char. Casey Barber, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 The company is going on the defensive as Congress is scheduled to grill a Facebook executive about its track record on children‘s and teens’ mental health. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 The Florida Board of Education planned an emergency meeting to grill the superintendents of a few other districts that imposed mask mandates., 23 Aug. 2021 Electric grills: Possibly the greenest way to grill; and no need to fill gas tanks or buy bags of charcoal or wood. Dwight Brown, Essence, 28 May 2021 Stefanik emerged as one of Mr. Trump's staunchest supporters during impeachment hearings against him in 2019, leveraging her position on the Intelligence Committee to grill witnesses. Grace Segers, CBS News, 6 May 2021 The Esquire is a study in evolution, from the dark and rowdy saloon of yesteryear to a respectable bar and grill more recently. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2021 Round up some friends, grill some salmon, and open one of these bottles tonight. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Fourth of July is the most popular time of the year to grill. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another sleepless night finds Harry tinkering with the gas grill and, again, hearing bizarre sounds from the woods. Matt Cabral,, 14 Oct. 2021 On the side of the concession stand, 15-year-old Nick Dalrymple was turning about 20 hamburgers and hot dogs on a large gas grill. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 Bellevue: Four people were injured when a second-floor outdoor deck collapsed during a barbecue, trapping the people and leaving serious burns on one woman when a hot charcoal grill fell on her. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 Here, meats are dry rubbed with Cecchini’s signature sea salt blend, cooked on a charcoal grill to fully express the flavor profiles and served tableside. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 25 June 2021 As necessary, at least for us, as a charcoal grill, we have not been disappointed once with this. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 10 June 2021 Both a smoker and a charcoal grill, the possibilities are endless with this Royal Gourmet cooker. Kelsey Mulvey, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Baby launched into a unique rendition of the Flintstones theme song before showing off their party favor: a tailgate grill and cooler filled with baby bottles. Ally Mauch,, 6 Oct. 2021 For fun one weekend, Sanders fired up the grill and enlisted his family to take part in an unofficial blind taste test featuring all four South Alabama sausage brands -- Conecuh, Monroe, Snowden and Kelley Foods. Bob Carlton |, al, 6 Oct. 2021

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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 : broil



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 How to pronounce grill (audio) \
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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