\ 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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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 Each one has a fire pit, grilling grate and a picnic table. oregonlive, "Ready to safely travel Oregon again? Priceline, Airbnb, Outdoorsy have farm stays, camper rentals, getaway deals," 22 May 2020 But out of necessity comes more creativity, such as barbecue kits so guests can grill dinner outside their private villas, or picnic baskets with sanitized blankets, as Auberge Resorts plans to do. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hotels Could Change After Coronavirus, From Private Spa Time to DIY Happy Hour Kits," 19 May 2020 In 2010, grilled by skeptical lawmakers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities and that might have contributed to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico., "This day in history," 18 May 2020 Some of her students had lived there with their families, and there had been nights when the windows were lit and music came out of them, and fatty smoke from grilling lamb chops. Fiona Mcfarlane, The New Yorker, "Demolition," 18 May 2020 House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler planned to have lawmakers grill Attorney General Barr about the Stone case late last month, but the hearing was postponed due to the coronavirus. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'Jenga-like': Judge tosses Jerome Corsi lawsuit against Roger Stone and Michael Caputo," 8 Apr. 2020 The days of players and coaches filling the dugouts, dads grilling burgers, spectators milling around and staying to see friends play are likely gone for now. Mike Joseph,, "San Antonio Little Leagues still playing a waiting game," 15 May 2020 What: Seafood bundles featuring mahi and shrimp, grilled salmon or chicken that serve up to five people. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These restaurants are offering special Mother's Day take-out options," 6 May 2020 The former's lineup includes a spring salad, rosemary grilled salmon and quiche; the latter menu offers maple-fig scones and the options of mimosa kits and flowers. The Washington Post, "Ask Tom: Dining during the pandemic," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fuego Bar and Grill This West Valley bar and grill typically shows football games, hosts live DJ nights and serves a rowdy bar crowd. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "You can get takeout margaritas at these restaurants in metro Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale," 28 Apr. 2020 Note: Finished skewers pair wonderfully with a vegetable medley made on the grill with a cast-iron skillet. Chuck Blount,, "Recipe: Italian Glazed Grilled Shrimp," 30 Mar. 2020 Then grill with the marinade still clinging to the meat, over medium to medium-low heat to keep things moist and to prevent burning. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Homemade harissa sauce sparks ordinary grilled chicken," 19 June 2019 But this week, back in the see-through open kitchen, the robata grill has been fired up again, searing heat coming off of the glowing-orange logs of binchotan. Los Angeles Times, "Gjelina and MTN chefs launch Oaxacan pop-up in Venice," 4 May 2020 Make a taco Tuesday with black beans, roasted veggies and cheese or grill up veggie burgers in lieu of beef. Lisa Milbrand, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Unexpected Places to Buy Meat Beyond Your Local Grocery Store," 4 May 2020 Once hot, clean and oil grill grates with canola oil. Erika Dungan And Kate Merker, Country Living, "Charred Baby Peppers with Lime and Cashew Vinaigrette," 3 May 2020 Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill until lightly charred on 1 side, 1 to 2 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps," 30 Apr. 2020 This powerful gas grill on wheels has electric stove-style ignition. Popular Science, "Outdoor grills for cooking everything under the sun," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of grill was in 1668

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3 Jun 2020

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“Grill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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