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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Example sentences
Meanwhile he took the mutton off the gridiron, and gravely handed it round.
If it doesn't have visibility on its own academic merits then no gridiron glory
  will help.
The quarters were twelve minutes long and the referees spoke in accents
  unfamiliar to the gridiron.
Also, the soccer pitch is vaster than the gridiron or the diamond, and the
  choreography of the game demands the widest of angles.
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