\ 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

This incredible meat thermometer can read temperatures in just 2 seconds and has useful features like an automatic backlight for grilling at night and a 360-degree rotating display. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "9 incredible deals and sales you can get this Friday," 14 June 2019 Baxtrom has billed Maison Yaki—where there are no entrées, and half the items on the menu come grilled on skewers—as a more relaxed alternative to Olmsted, just across the street, with a greater share of its seating reserved for walk-ins. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 June 2019 Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Hawks Burger Bar," 14 June 2019 The grand opening will include grilling at the pavilion and refreshments provided by a local distillery and local breweries. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Live the ultimate resort lifestyle at Mountain Village at Lake Estes," 13 June 2019 Some of our favorite summer memories were spent grilling out in the backyard with our family. NBC News, "18 Father's Day gifts for every type of dad (and every budget)," 12 June 2019 Every spring, The Broadmoor teams up with PBS star and grilling expert Steven Raichlen to host two, three-day barbecue sessions (lodging and university packages start at $2,425 per person). Sarah Kuta, The Know, "5 Colorado spots to take BBQ classes so you can become a pitmaster," 6 June 2019 Get back to basics and commit to eating clean and lean (think fish, egg whites, steamed or grilled vegetables, and good fats such as avocado). Kimberly Garrison,, "Slim down for summer the healthy way | Kimberly Garrison," 4 June 2019 Zuckerberg submitted to two days of grilling on Capitol Hill last April. Mae Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Facebook CEO Zuckerberg calls for more outside regulation," 31 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

State Fire Marshal Bruce West also notes that this time of year, people should respect their grill and recreational burning materials. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Area restaurants are gearing up their grills in preparation, with menus heavy on steak, steak and more steak. Christina Tkacik,, "Father's Day dining specials in the Baltimore area," 12 June 2019 Most people don’t think about how having the proper equipment for their grill can help take a cookout from stressful to epic. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "9 Items You Need to Master Your Cookouts This Summer," 7 June 2019 Dads also take home a jar of barbecue rub and a fork and spatula for their grill. Samantha Nelson,, "23 Father's Day specials and all-you-can-eat feasts around Chicagoland," 7 June 2019 After marinating the chicken, oil your grill grates well. (alana Kysar And Brooklyn Dombroski), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hawaiian cookbook features author’s version of Huli Huli Chicken," 4 June 2019 Pennsylvania The Philly Cheesesteak made its debut in 1930 when Pat Olivieri, a hot dog vendor, decided to put some beef on his grill and put it on a sandwich. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 The grill can fry, bake or boil a meal for up to eight people sans fuel, using only energy from the sun. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "10 Sustainable Features That Are Changing The Definition Of Smart House," 28 Oct. 2016 Some parents did—the fun ones who would put a red nose on the grill of their minivan in December. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "I Always Take My Kids Trick-or-Treating. This Year I Was Fired.," 29 Oct. 2018

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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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