\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, inquire (of), interrogate, query, question, quiz

Synonyms: Noun

café (also cafe), 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

Democrats grilled Haspel on Wednesday during her confirmation hearing about her role in the George W. Bush administration interrogation and detention program, specifically her involvement in the 2005 destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. Daniella Diaz, CNN, "Manchin becomes first Democrat to say he'll vote for Gina Haspel," 9 May 2018 On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are grilling Mark Zuckerberg about how Facebook was used to help Russia meddle in the 2016 election., "Zuckerberg Testifies Before Senate Panel," 10 Apr. 2018 During a congressional hearing after the launch, members of the Science House Committee grilled a SpaceX vice president about the failure, questioning if the company’s vehicles were reliable. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX isn’t responsible for loss of Zuma spy satellite, WSJ report confirms," 9 Apr. 2018 If the House and Senate flip to Democratic control in the fall, committees headed by Democrats will be grilling the Republican FCC commissioners who voted to undo the Obama rule. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Net Neutrality Is Just a Gateway to the Real Issue: Internet Freedom," 18 May 2018 During Thursday’s Senate hearing, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) grilled Pompeo about his past associations with prominent anti-Muslim ideologues. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Kaine voted for Pompeo as director of the CIA. He says he’ll oppose him at State.," 15 Apr. 2018 Charles Alexander, the Corps' director of contingency, was grilled by lawmakers during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month. Ray Sanchez And Faith Karimi, CNN, "Army Corps to leave Puerto Rico as hurricane season approaches," 18 May 2018 Brann was grilled by defense lawyers about the particulars of the case last week in a Houston federal courtroom, where his former in-laws Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes, are on trial for conspiracy to abduct the boy. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Senators call for return of Houston boy, allegedly kidnapped by mother," 15 May 2018 Press a divot into the top of each patty, if desired, for a flatter top after grilling. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But what’s a backyard barbecue without the right grill at its center? Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Get Fired Up About These New Gas Grills," 11 July 2018 The Mexican grill serves breakfast items like Mexican-style egg tortas, and lunch and dinner items like enchilada suizo. Grace Wong,, "Omakase Yume brings chefs' choice sushi to the West Loop, plus other restaurant news," 10 July 2018 Potatoes: Baking or new potatoes are best for the grill. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins posted a beautiful Fourth of July photo out by the grill on the water (possibly Lake Michigan) from his home state. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "8 things people guessed Kirk Cousins was grilling in mysterious meat photo," 5 July 2018 Wegmans donated syrup, ShopRite donated blueberries and chocolate chips, Box Hill Pizzeria donated orange juice and Suburban Propane donated fuel for the grills, according to the Allens. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Family entertainment abounds in Bel Air on July 4," 4 July 2018 There’s nothing nicer than firing up the grill, cooking a few burgers and sitting on the porch as a distant storm flickers and rumbles against the backdrop of a dusky starlit sky. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Bolts from the blue: Here’s how lightning can strike when a storm is tens of miles away," 27 June 2018 The oysters are on the grill at Drago's seafood booth during New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans Oyster Festival dishes dozens of bivalve bites," 29 May 2018 The grill is only one reason why Flamme Burger keeps winning awards. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis burger restaurant keeps winning best burger awards," 28 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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