or bar·be·que, bar-b-que
- pieces of beef, fowl, fish, or the like, roasted over an open hearth, especially when basted in a barbecue sauce.
- a framework, as a grill or a spit, or a fireplace for cooking meat or vegetables over an open fire.
- a dressed steer, lamb, or other animal, roasted whole.
- a meal, usually in the open air and often as a political or social gathering, at which meats are roasted over an open hearth or pit.
- to broil or roast whole or in large pieces over an open fire, on a spit or grill, often seasoning with vinegar, spices, salt, and pepper.
- to cook (sliced or diced meat or fish) in a highly seasoned sauce.
- to cook by barbecuing or to entertain at a barbecue: If the weather's nice, we'll barbecue in the backyard.
Origin of barbecue
Examples from the Web for barbeque
The place where jazz and barbeque and mob bosses and the blues flourished.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Finally, it is summer and one other wine to enjoy outside around the barbeque would be the Tobin James Sauvignon Blanc.William Shatner Picks His Favorite Wines
July 4, 2014
On the Fourth of July, a barbeque was held with Coca-Cola and grilled sausages and partygoers sang the American national anthem.The Kremlin’s Extremist Youth Camp
August 10, 2011
She wrote that to a group of her closest aides, presumably in preparation for a barbeque in the summer of 2008.The Quirks in the Sarah Palin Emails
Shushannah Walshe, Michael Falcone
June 12, 2011
I love to barbeque and his recipes are simple and easy to make.Fresh Picks
Lee Brian Schrager
February 16, 2010
Next weekend my mom and dad are going to Saturn for a barbeque.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection
And, separated by a hedge, a brown tent with a barbeque pit before it, smoke rising in a rigid ribbon from the chimney.Elegy
The pretty waitress lighted a gas-heater with a barbeque lighter, took our orders and went inside.Little Brother
- a meal cooked out of doors over an open fire
- an outdoor party or picnic at which barbecued food is served
- a grill or fireplace used in barbecuing
- the food so cooked
- to cook (meat, fish, etc) on a grill, usually over charcoal and often with a highly seasoned sauce
- to cook (meat, fish, etc) in a highly seasoned sauce
Word Origin and History for barbeque
1660s, from barbecue (n.). Related: Barbecued; barbecuing.
1650s, "framework for grilling meat, fish, etc.," from American Spanish barbacoa, from Arawakan (Haiti) barbakoa "framework of sticks," the raised wooden structure the Indians used to either sleep on or cure meat. Sense of "outdoor meal of roasted meat or fish as a social entertainment" is from 1733; modern popular noun sense of "grill for cooking over an open fire" is from 1931.