\ 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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Range Rover has also introduced ClearSight Ground View in the 2020 Evoque, which uses cameras mounted on the front grille and door mirrors to display video of what's underneath the front of the car on the main infotainment display. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: 2020 Range Rover Evoque goes big on luxury, price tag," 12 Sep. 2019 The 1964 model only had minor changes, like a new horizontal-bars grille and different taillights. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Push-button gears sold buyer on ’64 Valiant," 9 Sep. 2019 The responding officer stood by while the motorist reattached the car’s grille and the officer removed the hay from the freeway. Joan Rusek,, "Man embraces his inner animal at gas pump: Bainbridge Township Police Blotter," 2 July 2019 One of my favorite Tigerman buildings, his Self Park garage at 60 E. Lake St. of 1986, is a cheeky realization of that philosophy, with a facade that resembles a Rolls-Royce grille and awnings printed to look like tire treads. Blair Kamin,, "Tigerman's death should serve as a wake-up call: Protect the architecture of the recent past," 7 June 2019 Dark accents for the grille and rear fascia combine with quad exhaust tips and painted brake calipers to set the V apart visually. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The Cadillac CT5-V Is Here with 355 HP, but We're Still Waiting for the Real V Model," 30 May 2019 Not all, but most, Volvos have a distinctive grille featuring a diagonal chrome strip with an arrow badge centered and pointing northeast. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Pleasanton man’s ’73 Volvo made in last model year," 12 Aug. 2019 The grille is a broader mesh honeycomb pattern on the sporting 2.0T Limited trim. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: 2018 Hyundai Sonata competes on value," 7 Feb. 2018 Ahead of them, another cow was rubbing its ribs against a corner of the HiAce’s grille. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019

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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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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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