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
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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]

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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."
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