from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A grill, pit, or outdoor fireplace for roasting meat.
- n. A whole animal carcass or section thereof roasted or broiled over an open fire or on a spit.
- n. A social gathering, usually held outdoors, at which food is cooked over an open flame.
- transitive v. To roast, broil, or grill (meat or seafood) over live coals or an open fire, often basting with a seasoned sauce.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fireplace or pit for grilling food, typically used outdoors and traditionally employing hot charcoal as the heating medium.
- n. A meal or event highlighted by food cooked on a barbecue.
- v. To cook food on a barbecue; to grill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a framework of metal or brick, usually with a grill on top, in which a fire is lighted and on which food is cooked, usually outdoors; -- also called a barbecue grill.
- n. A social entertainment, where people assemble, usually in the open air, at which a meal is prepared on a barbecue grill.
- n. A floor, on which coffee beans are sun-dried.
- n. A hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast.
- transitive v. To dry or cure by exposure on a frame or gridiron.
- transitive v. To roast or broil whole, as an ox or hog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden framework used for supporting over a fire meat or fish to be smoked or dried.
- n. An iron frame on which large joints are placed for broiling, or on which whole animals are roasted; a large gridiron.
- n. The carcass of an ox, hog, or other animal, roasted whole.
- n. A large social or political entertainment in the open air, at which animals are roasted whole, and feasting on a generous scale is indulged in.
- n. An open floor or terrace smoothly covered with plaster or asphalt, on which to dry coffee-beans, etc.
- To cure by smoking or drying on a barbecue (which see).
- To dress and roast whole, as an ox or a hog, by splitting it to the backbone, and roasting it on a gridiron.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cook outdoors on a barbecue grill
- n. a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
- n. a cookout in which food is cooked over an open fire; especially a whole animal carcass roasted on a spit
- n. meat that has been barbecued or grilled in a highly seasoned sauce
American Spanish barbacoa, of Taino origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish barbacoa, from Taino barbakoa ("framework of sticks"), the raised wooden structure the Indians used to either sleep on or cure meat. Originally “meal of roasted meat or fish”. (Wiktionary)