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[French gree-yey] /French griˈyeɪ/
cooked on a grill; broiled.
Textiles. having an ornamental bar or grate pattern across the open areas of a lace motif.
Origin of grillé
1680-90; < French: grilled; see grille Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grillé
  • It's underneath the grille, and inside the cabinet, that counts.
  • The grille now looks as if it was done that way on purpose.
  • There are no exposed heating elements nor a grille that little fingers can poke through.
  • It has a custom ground effects kit, a spoiler, unique grille and graphics package.
  • Look closely for the blacked-out grille pieces, a modest aerodynamic trim pack and new dual exhausts.
  • And her head is set off, framed by the grille behind her.
  • Verify that the total unobstructed area for each transfer grille is specified on the plans.
  • The grille area should be based on the total supply cfm for the room.
  • Blades shall be firmly held in place by mullions from behind the grille and fixed in place by crimping or welding.
  • Finished grille shall permit clear view through the door.
British Dictionary definitions for grillé


Also called grillwork. a framework, esp of metal bars arranged to form an ornamental pattern, used as a screen or partition
Also called radiator grille. a grating, often chromium-plated, that admits cooling air to the radiator of a motor vehicle
a metal or wooden openwork grating used as a screen or divider
a protective screen, usually plastic or metal, in front of the loudspeaker in a radio, record player, etc
(real tennis) the opening in one corner of the receiver's end of the court
a group of small pyramidal marks impressed in parallel rows into a stamp to prevent reuse
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Latin crātīcula fine hurdlework, from crātis a hurdle
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Word Origin and History for grillé



"ornamental grating," 1660s, from French grille (fem.) "grating," from Old French greille "gridiron," from Latin craticula "gridiron" (see grill). "The distinction in French between grille and grill ... appears to date from about the 16th c." [OED].

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