bar-b-que

[bahr-bi-kyoo, -bee-]
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noun, verb (used with or without object), bar-b-qued, bar-b-qu·ing.


Nearby words

  1. bar sinister,
  2. bar tack,
  3. bar-,
  4. bar-and-grill,
  5. bar-b-q,
  6. bar-hop,
  7. bar-le-duc,
  8. bar-tack,
  9. bar.,
  10. bara

Origin of bar-b-que

see origin at Bar-B-Q

barbecue

or bar·be·que, bar-b-que

[bahr-bi-kyoo]

noun

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.

verb (used with object), bar·be·cued, bar·be·cu·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), bar·be·cued, bar·be·cu·ing.

to cook by barbecuing or to entertain at a barbecue: If the weather's nice, we'll barbecue in the backyard.

Origin of barbecue

1655–65; < Spanish barbacoa < Arawak (perhaps Taino) barbacoa a raised frame of sticks

Related formsbar·be·cu·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bar-b-que

barbecue

noun

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

verb -cues, -cuing or -cued (tr)

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 for barbecue

C17: from American Spanish barbacoa, probably from Taino: frame made of sticks

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