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  • n. A barbecue, the Afrikaans word for grill.
  • n. An open outdoor grill built specifically for the purpose of braaing.
  • n. A social meeting, including the braaing of meat.
  • v. To grill meat over an open flame.


From braaivleis ("grilled meat"), from Afrikaans braai ("to grill"), from Dutch braden ("roast"). (Wiktionary)


  • The braai was an oil drum cut in half lengthways, with cut-down pipes soldered to its underneath as legs.

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  • A braai is the South African version of a barbecue - and I figured I could handle slapping meat on the grill.

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  • There the barbecue is known as a 'braai' or 'braaivleis' - literally 'grill' or 'meat grill' and is done properly and with skill.

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  • We are the rainbow nation, the place where we 'braai' and eat biltong and watch Rugby.

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  • Desmond Tutu on Friday called on South Africans to throw some meat - or vegetables - on the coals to celebrate the country's heritage and "braai".

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  • Swimming was followed by a fabulous "braai" (barbeque) at Laura and her husband Steyn's place next door; see the pictures on their deck as the sun set TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Earlier this year, local community leaders threatened to 'braai' foreigners if they came back, clearly stating that they were not welcome.

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  • Two months later, she's my girlfriend, and I'm the boy at her family's annual "braai," the word for barbecue in Afrikaans, the language of Dutch settlers in South Africa.

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  • Envisage the luxurious spa treatments that will restore you at the end of a day of outdoor activities, after which you can dress up and wind down with pre-dinner cocktails at a chic, star-lit terrace bar in the city, or enjoy a more informal supper in the chilled-out atmosphere of a traditional braai.

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