[ bahr-bi-kyoo, -bee- ]
/ ˈbɑr bɪˌkyu, -bi- /
noun, verb (used with or without object), bar-b-qued, bar-b-qu·ing.
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Origin of bar-b-que
see origin at Bar-B-Q
Definition for bar-b-que (2 of 2)
or bar·be·que, bar-b-que
[ bahr-bi-kyoo ]
/ ˈbɑr bɪˌkyu /
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
/ (ˈbɑːbɪˌkjuː) /
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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