\ˈgril \
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 & Antonyms for grill

Synonyms: Verb

ask, catechize, inquire (of), interrogate, query, question, quiz

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Verb

answer, reply, respond

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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

The pavilion, which cost roughly $70,000, would be instantly recognized in both Uruguay and Argentina as a barbacoa, a backyard structure devoted entirely to asados, or parties based on grilling meat. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Home Grills That Make Every Meal a Commitment," 25 Sep. 2018 These days, Blonder is the resident science advisor and myth buster at the popular BBQ and grilling site called Amazing Ribs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science," 1 Sep. 2018 These drumsticks are one of four glossy gooey genius glazed meat recipes Chris developed for our summer grilling issue (out now!) that were designed to deliver the bold flavor of a marinade, but in a fraction of the time. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "These Sticky Fish-Sauce Chicken Drumsticks Are a Gift From the Glaze Gods," 22 June 2018 At Tenderloin Throwdown, noon to 7 p.m., cooks line up around 150 Courthouse Square to fry and grill tenderloins. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Where to score Tenderloin Tuesdays deals in Carmel, Fishers," 21 June 2018 If Memorial Day is the unofficial start to grilling season, then Father’s Day is the celebratory kickoff. Noelle Carter,, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 14 June 2018 Restaurant chains are going to lengths to promote burgers in a free-for-all just in time for grilling season. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Here's how IHOP, er, IHOb stands on burgers compared to McDonald's, Burger King, others," 11 June 2018 Evening grilling weather is good, with temperatures in the 70s. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A mostly cloudy, humid Memorial Day, and it will stay muggy much of the week," 28 May 2018 May is deemed National Barbecue Month, and Memorial Day is the unofficial start of barbecue and grilling season. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "There's plenty to get fired up about this grilling season," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Keep kids and pets away from the grill, and never leave it unattended. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: Outdoor grilling sends thousands to ER," 9 June 2018 That Are Quick and Easy Barbecue season is upon us and your grill probably needs a good cleaning. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "No, Whataburger and Shiner aren't making a collaborative beer after all," 10 July 2018 In response to that incident, as well as a general protest of the impact of gentrification on the area, hundreds of Black locals showed up at the same park a few days later to fire up their grills and throw their own party. Paula Rogo,, "'BBQ Becky' Called the Cops on This Black Man. Now He Is Running for City Council," 6 July 2018 Image Plenty of summers have gone by without so much as a hamburger or hot dog touching my grill. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 Here’s how to get your grill ready for the summer barbecue season. Alexa Imani Spencer, USA TODAY, "Making cheeseburgers at home will cost you, data shows," 4 July 2018 Assume that the host wants to be in charge of his or her grill. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "14 Ways to Exude Big Dick Energy at Any Barbecue," 2 July 2018 Way outside of any kind of city, outside rows of no-till beans invaded by wild turkeys, outside in his Eastern Shore back yard with his Weber gas grill — just plain outside. William Marimow,, "Rob Hiaasen's former boss recalls the 'five-tool player'," 29 June 2018 But there are some bright spots for those unsuccessful catching a fish, or those who simply don't want to take the time to catch and process salmon—but want some on their grill or in their freezer. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Salmon fishing season got you down? Here are locals who can help fill your freezer," 27 June 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

: 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 \
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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