1 [gril]
a grated utensil for broiling meat, fish, vegetables, etc., over a fire; gridiron.
a dish of grilled meat, fish, etc. Compare mixed grill.
Philately. a group of small pyramidal marks, embossed or impressed in parallel rows on certain U.S. and Peruvian stamps of the late 19th century to prevent erasure of cancellation marks.
verb (used with object)
to broil on a gridiron or other apparatus over or before a fire.
to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning.
to torment with heat.
to mark with a series of parallel bars like those of a grill.
verb (used without object)
to undergo broiling.

1660–70; 1890–95 for def 6; < French gril gridiron ≪ Latin crātīculum, creātīculō, diminutive of crātis wickerwork, hurdle. See grille

5. barbecue. 6. interrogate, probe. 7. torture. Unabridged


a grating or openwork barrier, as for a gate, usually of metal and often of decorative design.
an opening, usually covered by grillwork, for admitting air to cool the engine of an automobile or the like; radiator grille.
any of various perforated screens, sheets, etc., used to cover something, as on a radio for protecting the amplifier or in cryptography for coding purposes.
a ticket window covered by a grating.
Court Tennis. a square-shaped winning opening on the hazard side of the court. Compare dedans ( def 1 ), winning gallery.
Also, grill.

1655–65; < French, Old French < Late Latin *gratīcula, Latin crātīcula (compare Old Provençal grazilha), diminutive of crātis

grilled, adjective
ungrilled, adjective

grill, grille. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
grill1 (ɡrɪl)
1.  Usual US and Canadian word: broil to cook (meat, fish, etc) by direct heat, as under a grill or over a hot fire, or (of meat, fish, etc) to be cooked in this way
2.  (tr; usually passive) to torment with or as if with extreme heat: the travellers were grilled by the scorching sun
3.  informal (tr) to subject to insistent or prolonged questioning
4.  a device with parallel bars of thin metal on which meat, fish, etc, may be cooked by a fire; gridiron
5.  a device on a cooker that radiates heat downwards for grilling meat, fish, etc
6.  food cooked by grilling
7.  See grillroom
[C17: from French gril gridiron, from Latin crātīcula fine wickerwork; see grille]

grill2 (ɡrɪl)
a variant spelling of grille
[C17: see grille]

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

grilled (ɡrɪld)
1.  cooked on a grill or gridiron
2.  having a grille

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Word Origin & History

1685, from Fr. gril, from O.Fr. greil, alteration of graille, from L. craticula "gridiron, small griddle," dim. of cratis "wickerwork." The verb meaning "to broil on a grill" is from 1668; figurative sense from 1842, and the specific (trans.) sense of "to subject to intense questioning" is first attested
1894. In many instances, Mod.Eng. grill is a shortened form of grille (q.v.), such as "chrome front of an automobile."

"ornamental grating," 1661, from Fr. grille (fem.) "grating," from O.Fr. greille "gridiron," from L. craticula "gridiron" (see grill).
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Example sentences for grilled
They are typically served in the form of grilled or poached fillets.
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