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barbecue

or bar路be路que, bar-b-que

[ bahr-bi-kyoo ]
/ 藞b蓱r b瑟藢kyu /
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noun
verb (used with object), bar路be路cued, bar路be路cu路ing.
to broil, smoke, or roast (meat, fowl, fish, or the like) whole or in large pieces over an open fire, using a spit, grill, smoker, or the like, often seasoning with vinegar, spices, salt, and pepper: They barbecued a chicken and some steaks for dinner.
to cook (sliced or diced meat, fowl, fish, or the like) in a highly seasoned sauce.
verb (used without object), bar路be路cued, bar路be路cu路ing.
to cook over an open fire using an instrument such as a grill, spit, or smoker, or to host a social gathering where food is cooked in this manner: If the weather's nice, we'll barbecue in the backyard.
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Origin of barbecue

First recorded in 1655鈥65; from Spanish barbacoa, from Arawak (perhaps Ta铆no ) barbacoa 鈥渁 raised frame of sticks鈥

OTHER WORDS FROM barbecue

bar路be路cu路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for barbecue

barbecue
/ (藞b蓱藧b瑟藢kju藧) /

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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