\ 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

Suspects are held in a cell and routinely grilled daily by investigators without a lawyer present, although lawyers are allowed to visit. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Tokyo court rejects Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn’s bail request," 22 Jan. 2019 In the corner, a kangaroo and her joey are busy grilling on the barbie. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Baby Gifts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received So Far," 24 Oct. 2018 One of Kavanaugh’s grilling on Capitol Hill an unexpected vibe. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "THIS Is Must-See TV: All the Drama You Missed on Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings," 4 Sep. 2018 Their activities ranged from Prince Philip grilling sausages at Balmoral to the Queen making small talk with U.S. President Richard Nixon. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Documentary About the Royal Family Hasn't Been Seen Since 1969," 23 Aug. 2018 Supporters view Barrett, 46, as getting the better of Democrats during last year’s confirmation hearing when she was grilled over how her Catholic faith would affect her judicial rulings. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Supreme Court opening: Indiana's Amy Coney Barrett a favorite of grassroots conservatives," 8 July 2018 The day began with overcast skies, pierced by the sun by midday, with the overcast creeping back into the beach areas as the late afternoon burgers were being grilled., "July 5, 1976: San Diego celebrates U.S. Bicentennial," 5 July 2018 The menu boasts many fresh catches, including the bay’s signature bivalves, whether in shooters, stews or omelets, grilled or raw on the half shell. Richard Stenger,, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Republicans want to try to paint Ford as a non-credible witness, and want to grill her on every detail to try to establish some kind of problem with her testimony. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Christine Blasey Ford hearing isn’t about finding the truth. It’s just a cross-examination.," 27 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sundays here are always bustling given that the kitchen lights up an outside grill for a Spanish barbecue. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 There's a speaker grill on the top edge of the phone and then the bezels rapidly fall off, leaving you with basically an all-screen phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM," 25 Oct. 2018 Local community groups often raise money by setting up a grill at polling places to sell sausages wrapped in a slice of bread. Tacey Rychter, The Seattle Times, "Australia tells America: Here’s how to fix your voting system," 22 Oct. 2018 More than 60 people, including two employees, were sickened after eating at a Mediterranean grill in San Antonio, Texas, last weekend. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "More than 60 sickened after eating at Pasha Mediterranean Grill," 6 Sep. 2018 Collin wears dreads; Miles sports a collection of tattoos and a grill. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 There is a large charcoal grill at the back of the patio where Guzman prepares the brats, and also grills hotdogs, by request. Myrna Petlicki, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Dockside Dogs in Waukegan," 10 July 2018 First a grill caught fire on a deck at a garden apartment house in the 100 block of Sunny Brook Terrace in the Gaithersburg area. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Cooking leads to three fires in Montgomery County," 9 July 2018 This recipe easily accomplishes that, with very little work and without a grill. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 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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