- 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.
- 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.
- to undergo broiling.
Origin of grill1
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- 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.
Origin of grille
Examples from the Web for grilled
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
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No wonder women were grilled about whether they experienced pleasure while being assaulted.Church Sex Scandals Are Rooted in Theology
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A grilled cheese sandwich, made with four different cheeses, comes with McLane ham (and is grilled in truffle butter).Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
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It's made of tater tots, obviously, grilled cheese sandwiches, and burgers.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
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Days and weeks of eating nothing but grilled chicken and vegetables can wear down even the most dedicated of individuals.When Is It OK to Cheat? The Pros and Cons of Cheat Days
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When I am free I will first cut out your liver and have it grilled, and feed it to you as you are dying.The O'Ruddy
He huskily muttered his name to the clerk at the grilled door and was admitted.The Rainy Day Railroad War
He did honour to the grilled chicken to which he had vainly tempted Sophy.What Will He Do With It, Complete
Renwick smiled at her as he whispered, "I am to be grilled?"The Secret Witness
More of them were behind the grilled peepholes of the casemate.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
- cooked on a grill or gridiron
- having a grille
- 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 wayUsual US and Canadian word: broil
- (tr; usually passive) to torment with or as if with extreme heatthe travellers were grilled by the scorching sun
- (tr) informal to subject to insistent or prolonged questioning
- a device with parallel bars of thin metal on which meat, fish, etc, may be cooked by a fire; gridiron
- a device on a cooker that radiates heat downwards for grilling meat, fish, etc
- food cooked by grilling
- See grillroom
- a variant spelling of grille
- Also called: grillwork a framework, esp of metal bars arranged to form an ornamental pattern, used as a screen or partition
- Also called: radiator grille a grating, often chromium-plated, that admits cooling air to the radiator of a motor vehicle
- a metal or wooden openwork grating used as a screen or divider
- a protective screen, usually plastic or metal, in front of the loudspeaker in a radio, record player, etc
- real tennis the opening in one corner of the receiver's end of the court
- a group of small pyramidal marks impressed in parallel rows into a stamp to prevent reuse
Word Origin and History for grilled
"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."
"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].
"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.