\ 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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Other Words from grill


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 While the White House has brought back its daily briefing and has held no shortage of other briefings, there have been precious few opportunities to grill the nation’s chief executive. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden press conference: Five questions for the president," 25 Mar. 2021 Fineman’s Spears continued to grill the senator for leaving the state during the crisis. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Cruz gets the spotlight on ‘SNL’ and other late night shows as furor over Cancún trip continues," 22 Feb. 2021 Tessa Isett, a design consultant with Neil Kelly remodeling company, helped create an outdoor kitchen in West Linn that caters to a dad who likes to grill for his family. oregonlive, "Builders, designers and landscapers reveal outdoor living space trends: ‘Everyone’s looking for more oxygen’," 7 Feb. 2021 Some say the art of grilling is knowing how long to grill. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "25 most popular kitchen products you can buy at QVC," 13 Nov. 2020 Families can dine on pizza with the kids, or mom and dad can snag a table for themselves at the fine dining bar and grill. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "Las Vegas Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 The engineer and father had first started feeling sick about a week earlier, possibly after a visit to a Detroit bar and grill one weekend in early March, his daughter said., "Support quality local journalism like this by becoming a subscriber.," 20 Mar. 2020 Senators were eager to grill officials from the Pentagon, the National Guard and the Justice and Homeland Security departments about their preparations for that day. Mary Clare Jalonick And Eric Tucker, Star Tribune, "General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot," 3 Mar. 2021 Senators were eager to grill officials from the Pentagon, the National Guard and the Justice and Homeland Security departments about their preparations for that day. Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick,, "Defense Department took more than 3 hours to dispatch National Guard to Capitol riot, general tells Congress," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This grill earned a 5-star rating from more than 73 percent of its reviewers. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "Sur La Table sale 2021: Best deals on kitchen necessities," 7 Apr. 2021 The tech retailer previously listed this three-burner propane grill at $479, but shoppers can pick up this wheeled cooker for $30 off at $449. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "The Weber Spirit II E-310 is the best grill we've ever tested—and on sale just in time for spring," 2 Apr. 2021 This Weber grill can turn any weeknight into a fun backyard barbeque. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "17 gifts the Aries in your life will love," 10 Mar. 2021 This heavy-duty outdoor grill is made from solid steel. Popular Science, "Find something for your home or yard with this sale of Costway Furniture," 9 Mar. 2021 This pellet grill and smoker burns all-natural wood pellets to give food a hearty, smoky flavor. Sian Babish,, "How to get your outdoor space ready for warmer months," 6 Mar. 2021 There's fine dining at the Carolina Room and casual eats at the poolside grill. Stratton Lawrence, Travel + Leisure, "Hilton Head Island Travel Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 Gifts for the Grill Master Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker Make your backyard a cookout destination with this grill that reaches up to 700 degrees and provides 10 to 15 hours of cooking time. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide," 26 Nov. 2020 This grill offers a solid stainless steel build and a large cooking surface. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Pellet Grills and Smokers of 2020," 28 July 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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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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