grill
Pronunciation 1655, from French gril, from Middle French, from Old French greïl, graïl ("gridiron"), from graïlle ("grate, grating"), from Latin crātīcula, diminutive of crātis ("hurdle, wickerwork"), q. Noun

grill (plural grills)

  1. A grating; a grid of wire or a sheet of material with a pattern of holes or slots, usually used to protect something while allowing the passage of air and liquids. Typical uses: to allow air through a fan while preventing fingers or objects from passing; to allow people to talk to somebody, while preventing attack.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.
  2. On a vehicle, a slotted cover as above, to protect and hide the radiator, while admitting air to cool it.
  3. (UK) A cooking device comprising a source of radiative heat and a means of holding food under it; a broiler in US English
  4. (US) A cooking device comprising a source of radiative and convective heat and a means of holding food above it; a barbecue.
    I put some peppers and mushrooms on the grill to go with dinner.
  5. Food (designed to be) cooked on a grill.
    a packet of frozen cauliflower cheese grills
  6. A grillroom; a restaurant serving grilled food.
    These coupons will get you a discount at Johnny's Bar and Grill.
  7. (colloquial) A type of jewelry worn on the front teeth.
    Synonyms: fronts, golds
  8. (colloquial, by extension) The front teeth regarded collectively.
  9. (internet slang, humorous) Misspelling of girl
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grill (grills, present participle grilling; past and past participle grilled)

  1. (transitive) To cook (food) on a grill; to barbecue.
    Why don't we get together Saturday and grill some burgers?
  2. (transitive, Australian, NZ, UK) To cook food under the element of a stove or only under the top element of an oven – (US) broil, (cooking) salamander.
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To interrogate; to question aggressively or harshly.
    The police grilled him about his movements at the time of the crime.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To feel very hot; to swelter.
  5. (transitive) To stamp or mark with a grill.
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grill (grills, present participle grilling; past and past participle grilled)

  1. (transitive, Scotland, US, obsolete) To make angry; provoke; incite.
  2. (transitive, chiefly, Scotland, obsolete) To terrify; make tremble.
  3. (intransitive, chiefly, Scotland, obsolete) To tremble; shiver.
  4. (intransitive, Northern England, Scotland, obsolete) To snarl; snap.
Adjective

grill (comparative griller, superlative grillest)

  1. (obsolete) Harsh, rough, severe; cruel.
Noun

grill (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Harm.



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