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
I believe that one of the candidates for the Senate there has made it part of his platform. the word barbecue comes from the Spanish word barbacoa which in turns comes from the Arawak
The term barbecue comes via the Spanish barbacoa from the West Indies, and a Taino word that meant a framework of green sticks suspended on corner posts, on which meat, fish, and other foods were laid and cooked in the open over fire and coals.
Because for some, using the term barbecue to refer to grilled things is just so freaking incorrect.
At each of these outdoor cookouts, the term barbecue is being stretched in culinary directions that I do not condone.
But as the camera pulls back, the viewer sees that the barbecue is actually taking place on a freeway.
Going to my family's house in nearby Mentone for a barbecue is always one of the highlights of my trip.
The OED also says that the English word barbecue came from the Spanish word barbacoa which came from the Taino word for a raised platform.
I've recently spent time in several of the nation's major barbecue regions, and I've come to the conclusion that the term "barbecue" is misleading, a misnomer that implies that these widely disparate food items are in some essential way the same thing.
The English word "barbecue" is derived from it, and the English word's first use was in the year 1661 (email me for details).
The English word "barbecue" is derived from it, and its first recorded use is in the year 1661.