\ 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

catechize, examine, interrogate, pump, query, question, quiz, sweat [slang]

Synonyms: Noun

beanery, café (also cafe), caff [British], diner, eatery, restaurant

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Examples of grill in a Sentence


We're planning to grill some chicken and burgers at the cookout. Her parents grilled her when she came home late.


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

Notorious ex-Detective Mark Handy invoked his right against self-incrimination hundreds of times Tuesday when he was grilled about framing defendants for murders by concealing and fabricating evidence. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-LMPD detective refuses to testify about framing multiple men for murders," 6 Aug. 2019 One night, Jack got really grumpy, grabbed his little girl Julie’s dollhouse, and grilled it on the barbecue. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Obstruction? There Was No Obstruction.," 2 Aug. 2019 Platters of thinly sliced fatty brisket and marinated short rib arrive, and our waiter grills them for us, bending over at a 45-degree angle with one arm neatly tucked behind his back. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The workers who make Korean barbecue possible deserve better," 29 July 2019 The most wonderful time of the year is here — it’s grilling season. Simona Matovic,, "How to upgrade your grilling toolkit | Check out Amazon’s top-rated grill tools," 18 July 2019 Atherton said a number of NBA teams called to grill him on all aspects of Simons’ potential and personality. Buddy Collings,, "Anfernee Simons is No. 24 NBA Draft pick by Portland," 22 June 2018 That may be what just happened to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, this past week when he was grilled by EU officials. Mark Zandi,, "Corporate America loved Trump tax cuts, but the love affair may end," 25 May 2018 In South Korea, they are often grilled in markets and sold to eat. Nicola Di Girolamo, The Conversation, "What in the world is a slime eel?," 24 July 2019 This week, both the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee grilled Facebook’s David Marcus, head of the Libra cryptocurrency project. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Facebook’s Libra Currency Could Threaten the Global Financial System. Here’s How," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Be sure to check out our portable grills picks and the best sunglasses, as well. Adrienne So, WIRED, "The Best Coolers," 11 Aug. 2019 The pork belly glistens with fat, slightly scorched from the charcoal grill and plated next to an artful swipe of gochujang. Janelle Bitker,, "Is San Francisco ready for a Korean food boom?," 8 Aug. 2019 Alternatively, heat grill on medium-low or oven to 450°F. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Fire-Roasted Sausage and Vegetables with Creamy Dijon," 18 July 2019 Employee used bare hands to remove tortillas from grill, wrap burrito and cut garnish for soup. Ebony Day, azcentral, "White and yellow slime on orange juice dispenser found in this week's restaurant inspections," 17 July 2019 So, when the dogs days of summer come, cook meals outdoors on the grill, use a microwave or crock pot, or even a toaster oven, which produces much less heat—and uses less electricity—than a full-size oven. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cool Down a Room (Without Blasting A/C)," 7 June 2019 Put the fish on the grill, cover and cook, flipping once halfway through, until opaque throughout, about 20 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Banana Leaf Grilled Fish With Habanero Beurre Blanc," 24 July 2019 The diner reportedly used to be a speakeasy 100 years ago and previously was a general store and bar and grill. Marc Bona,, "Magic City’s Remarkable Diner: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 20 July 2019 The Fishbowl Pub today is a full-service bar and grill. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Indy's massive Midwest Sports Complex has a buyer, $3.9 million sale pending," 24 June 2019

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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
British : to cook (food) directly over or under high heat



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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