\ ˈgril How to pronounce grille (audio) \
variants: or grill

Definition of grille

1 : a grating forming a barrier or screen especially : an ornamental one at the front end of an automobile
2 : an opening covered with a grille
3 usually grill : a set of metallic covers for the teeth

Examples of grille in a Sentence

The vent was covered with a grille. The truck has a large metal grille at the front.

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Narvik Black trimmed the silver two-bar grille, front vents, headlight housing, fender badging, mirror caps, window surround, pillars, rear spoiler, liftgate, and liftgate badging. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 The models fit flush, and have no visible hinges or grilles, so the fridge can easily blend in with your cabinetry. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This High-Tech Fridge Helps Food Stay Fresh Longer," 13 Feb. 2019 Minor changes to the Yaris sedan’s mug relative to its Yaris iA antecedent include a new honeycomb-style grille and available LED headlights. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan Revealed: iA No More," 27 Mar. 2018 There are numerous subtle exterior changes, including a new grille. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Tahoe Z71: Midnight Edition has menacing good looks, lots of extras," 26 Jan. 2018 The trend has continued as headlamps have switched to smaller, rectangular LEDs that allowed for even bigger grilles. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition," 15 Jan. 2018 Gilded backlit metal grilles disguise the speakers. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "An Oscar-Worthy Home Theater in the Family Basement," 16 Jan. 2019 Like the Auris, the Corolla wears Toyota’s gaping-maw grille perhaps better than any recent model. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: iM Just a Corolla Now," 23 Mar. 2018 That's not a bad thing, especially with the modern trend of expanding grilles into gaping catfish faces, or adding aesthetic flourishes with no function (Civic Hatch). Robert Duffer,, "Review: 2017 Chevy Cruze puts diesel back on track with great highway fuel economy," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of grille

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grille

French grille, from Old French graille, from Latin craticula, diminutive of cratis wickerwork — more at hurdle

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The first known use of grille was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of grille

: a metal frame with bars running across it that is used to cover or protect something


variants: or grill \ ˈgril \

Kids Definition of grille

: an often ornamental arrangement of bars forming a barrier or screen

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