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  1. any device for broiling meat or fish; a grate, pan, or compartment in a stove for broiling.
  2. a young chicken suitable for broiling.

Origin of broiler

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at broil1, -er1
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  1. a young tender chicken suitable for roasting
  2. mainly US a pan, grate, etc for broiling food
  3. a very hot day
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Word Origin and History for broiler


late 14c., "grill or gridiron used in broiling," agent noun from broil (v.1). From c.1300 as a surname, perhaps meaning "cook who specializes in broiling." Meaning "chicken for broiling" is from 1876.

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