a frying pan with a handle and a slightly raised edge, for cooking pancakes, bacon, etc., over direct heat.
any flat, heated surface, especially on the top of a stove, for cooking food: a quick breakfast from the luncheonette's griddle.
Upstate New York Older Use. a circular lid covering an opening on the cooking surface of a wood or coal-burning stove.
verb (used with object), griddled, griddling.
to cook on a griddle: Griddle two eggs for me, will you?

1175–1225; Middle English gridel, gredil < Old French gridil, gredil; see grill1 Unabridged
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griddle (ˈɡrɪdəl)
1.  (Brit) Also called: girdle a thick round iron plate with a half hoop handle over the top, for making scones, etc
2.  any flat heated surface, esp on the top of a stove, for cooking food
3.  (tr) to cook (food) on a griddle
[C13: from Old French gridil, from Late Latin crātīculum (unattested) fine wickerwork; see grill1]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.N.Fr. gredil, from L. craticula (see grill).
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Example sentences
It wouldn't have to have perfect focus, only good enough that all reflected
  light hits the bottom of the pot or griddle.
He'll toss it on to a dry griddle and flip it over a few times until it's baked.
To test the griddle to see if it is hot, sprinkle it with a few drops of water.
Coat a large, non-stick frying pan or griddle with non-stick cooking spray.
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