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barbeque

[bahr-bi-kyoo] /ˈbɑr bɪˌkyu/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), barbequed, barbequing.
1.

barbecue

or barbeque, bar-b-que

[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 of barbecue
1655-1665
1655-65; < Spanish barbacoa < Arawak (perhaps Taino) barbacoa a raised frame of sticks
Related forms
barbecuer, noun
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  • Next weekend my mom and dad are going to Saturn for a barbeque.

  • And, separated by a hedge, a brown tent with a barbeque pit before it, smoke rising in a rigid ribbon from the chimney.

    Elegy Charles Beaumont
  • The pretty waitress lighted a gas-heater with a barbeque lighter, took our orders and went inside.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for barbeque

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 barbeque

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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