barbecue

or bar·be·que, bar-b-que

[ bahr-bi-kyoo ]
/ ˈbɑr bɪˌkyu /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. barbary states,
  2. barbasco,
  3. barbastelle,
  4. barbate,
  5. barbe,
  6. barbecue sauce,
  7. barbecue stopper,
  8. barbed,
  9. barbed tributary,
  10. barbed wire

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 barbecuer

barbecue

/ (ˈbɑːbɪˌkjuː) /

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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