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barbecue

[bahr-bi-kyoo] /ˈbɑr bɪˌkyu/
noun
1.
pieces of beef, fowl, fish, or the like, roasted over an open hearth, especially when basted in a barbecue sauce.
2.
a framework, as a grill or a spit, or a fireplace for cooking meat or vegetables over an open fire.
3.
a dressed steer, lamb, or other animal, roasted whole.
4.
a meal, usually in the open air and often as a political or social gathering, at which meats are roasted over an open hearth or pit.
verb (used with object), barbecued, barbecuing.
5.
to broil or roast whole or in large pieces over an open fire, on a spit or grill, often seasoning with vinegar, spices, salt, and pepper.
6.
to cook (sliced or diced meat or fish) in a highly seasoned sauce.
verb (used without object), barbecued, barbecuing.
7.
to cook by barbecuing or to entertain at a barbecue:
If the weather's nice, we'll barbecue in the backyard.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Spanish barbacoa < Arawak (perhaps Taino) barbacoa a raised frame of sticks
Related forms
barbecuer, noun
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Examples from the web for barbecue
  • It is officially barbecue season or, for those to whom barbecue means burying a pig in a hole in the ground, grill season.
  • Tomorrow's noon meal, the one at the end of my shift, should be a barbecue.
  • Real, slow-cooked barbecue takes time, but this dish is truly worth it.
  • Wearing barbecue mitts, remove pan from grill and gently shake asparagus in pan until oil coats bottom and sides of pan evenly.
  • Or roll the scapes in olive oil, then throw them onto the barbecue grill briefly.
  • We cooked in a microwave and used a camp stove or our gas barbecue.
  • If he doesn't, pull out the barbecue grill to celebrate an early spring.
  • Remove the top part of shell and brush clam tops with barbecue sauce.
  • Serving barbecue to the media was probably the smarter strategy.
  • Home for the night is a sandy beach where guides barbecue steaks, chicken, or ribs over a fire.
British Dictionary definitions for barbecue

barbecue

/ˈbɑːbɪˌkjuː/
noun
1.
a meal cooked out of doors over an open fire
2.
an outdoor party or picnic at which barbecued food is served
3.
a grill or fireplace used in barbecuing
4.
the food so cooked
verb (transitive) -cues, -cuing, -cued
5.
to cook (meat, fish, etc) on a grill, usually over charcoal and often with a highly seasoned sauce
6.
to cook (meat, fish, etc) in a highly seasoned sauce
Word Origin
C17: from American Spanish barbacoa, probably from Taino: frame made of sticks
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Word Origin and History for barbecue
n.

1650s, "framework for grilling meat, fish, etc.," from American Spanish barbacoa, from Arawakan (Haiti) barbakoa "framework of sticks," the raised wooden structure the Indians used to either sleep on or cure meat. Sense of "outdoor meal of roasted meat or fish as a social entertainment" is from 1733; modern popular noun sense of "grill for cooking over an open fire" is from 1931.

v.

1660s, from barbecue (n.). Related: Barbecued; barbecuing.

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Encyclopedia Article for barbecue

an outdoor meal, usually a form of social entertainment, at which meats, fish, or fowl, along with vegetables, are roasted over a wood or charcoal fire. The term also denotes the grill or stone-lined pit for cooking such a meal, or the food itself, particularly the strips of meat. The word "barbecue" came into English via the Spanish, who adopted the term from the Arawak Indians of the Caribbean, to whom the barbacoa was a grating of green wood upon which strips of meat were placed to cook or to dry over a slow fire

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