\ 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

Guests can melt their own Raclette cheese in pans at a table grill and then scrape the cheese over dishes like potatoes, vegetables, fruit and meats. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "21 restaurants highlight booming foodie scene in Cypress, Spring," 6 Sep. 2019 Ayesha Nurdjaja, the chef and a partner, will make use of a charcoal grill. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "In Fall’s Biggest Openings, Experience Is on the Menu," 3 Sep. 2019 If power is out, a gas grill can be your primary cooking source. Michael Mayo,, "Hurricane Dorian food prep: Eating in and eating out before, during and after the storm," 29 Aug. 2019 And a lot of their cooking is done over a wood grill, giving it that extra bit of gusto. Polly Campbell,, "And the best bistros in Greater Cincinnati are ...," 28 Aug. 2019 Smashburger is named for its signature technique of smashing a fresh ball of beef on a hot grill. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Smashburger is celebrating its anniversary with 12-cent burgers," 15 Aug. 2019 Then fire up the charcoal or gas grill as hot as the sun. Chuck Blount,, "Wagyu an easily found, upgraded beef-eating experience," 12 Aug. 2019 Remove corn from cooking pot, pat dry and set on hot grill. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Pair Mexican corn with buffet-style toppings bar for party fun," 9 Aug. 2019 If a fire pit isn't an option, recreate campfire vibes with a deck-appropriate grill. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to Infusing a Western-Chic Vibe Into Your Home," 1 Aug. 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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