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grill1

[gril] /grɪl/
noun
1.
a grated utensil for broiling meat, fish, vegetables, etc., over a fire; gridiron.
2.
a dish of grilled meat, fish, etc.
Compare mixed grill.
3.
4.
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)
5.
to broil on a gridiron or other apparatus over or before a fire.
6.
to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning.
7.
to torment with heat.
8.
to mark with a series of parallel bars like those of a grill.
verb (used without object)
9.
to undergo broiling.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; 1890-95 for def 6; < French gril gridiron ≪ Latin crātīculum, creātīculō, diminutive of crātis wickerwork, hurdle. See grille
Synonyms
5. barbecue. 6. interrogate, probe. 7. torture.

grille

[gril] /grɪl/
noun
1.
a grating or openwork barrier, as for a gate, usually of metal and often of decorative design.
2.
an opening, usually covered by grillwork, for admitting air to cool the engine of an automobile or the like; radiator grille.
3.
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.
4.
a ticket window covered by a grating.
5.
Court Tennis. a square-shaped winning opening on the hazard side of the court.
Compare dedans (def 1), winning gallery.
Also, grill.
Origin
1655-65; < French, Old French < Late Latin *gratīcula, Latin crātīcula (compare Old Provençal grazilha), diminutive of crātis
Related forms
grilled, adjective
ungrilled, adjective
Can be confused
grill, grille.
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  • They are typically served in the form of grilled or poached fillets.
British Dictionary definitions for grilled

grilled

/ɡrɪld/
adjective
1.
cooked on a grill or gridiron
2.
having a grille

grill1

/ɡrɪl/
verb
1.
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 Usual US and Canadian word broil
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to torment with or as if with extreme heat: the travellers were grilled by the scorching sun
3.
(transitive) (informal) to subject to insistent or prolonged questioning
noun
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
Derived Forms
griller, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French gril gridiron, from Latin crātīcula fine wickerwork; see grille

grill2

/ɡrɪl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of grille
Word Origin
C17: see grille

grille

/ɡrɪl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Latin crātīcula fine hurdlework, from crātis a hurdle
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Word Origin and History for grilled

grill

n.

"gridiron," 1680s, from French gril, from Old French greil, alteration of graille "grill, frating, railings, fencing," from Latin craticula "gridiron, small griddle," diminutive of cratis "wickerwork," perhaps from PIE *kert- "to turn, entwine." In many instances, Modern English grill is a shortened form of grille, such as "chrome front of an automobile."

v.

"to broil on a grill," 1660s, from grill (n.); figurative sense from 1842, and the specific (transitive) sense of "to subject to intense questioning" is first attested 1894. Related: Grilled; grilling.

grille

n.

"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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