any device for broiling meat or fish; a grate, pan, or compartment in a stove for broiling.
a young chicken suitable for broiling.

Origin of broiler

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at broil1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for broiler

spit, griddle, fireplace, roaster, hibachi, skillet, spider

Examples from the Web for broiler

Contemporary Examples of broiler

  • Place the eggplants directly on a hot grill or under a broiler on a sheet pan.

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    September 28, 2010

  • Finish it under the broiler for 30 to 60 seconds to ensure that the cheese melts and the top is slightly golden.

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    Sophie Menin

    July 27, 2010

Historical Examples of broiler

British Dictionary definitions for broiler



a young tender chicken suitable for roasting
mainly US a pan, grate, etc for broiling food
a very hot day
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for broiler

late 14c., "grill or gridiron used in broiling," agent noun from broil (v.1). From c.1300 as a surname, perhaps meaning "cook who specializes in broiling." Meaning "chicken for broiling" is from 1876.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper