grid iron


a football field.
a utensil consisting of parallel metal bars on which to broil meat or other food.
any framework or network resembling a gridiron.
a structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery and the like are manipulated.
verb (used with object)
to mark off into squares or design with a network of squares.

1250–1300; Middle English gridirne, gridir(e), gridere, variant of gridel griddle; variants in -irne, -ire, etc. are associated by folk etymology with ModE variant irne, ire iron Unabridged
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gridiron (ˈɡrɪdˌaɪən)
1.  a utensil of parallel metal bars, used to grill meat, fish, etc
2.  any framework resembling this utensil
3.  a framework above the stage in a theatre from which suspended scenery, lights, etc, are manipulated
4.  a.  the field of play in American football
 b.  an informal name for American football
 c.  (as modifier): a gridiron hero
[C13 gredire, perhaps variant (through influence of ireiron) of gredilegriddle]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., griderne, alteration (by association with iron) of gridire (late 13c.), a variant of gridil (see griddle). Confusion of "l" and "r" was common in Norman dialect.
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