- a grated utensil for broiling meat, fish, vegetables, etc., over a fire; gridiron.
- a dish of grilled meat, fish, etc.Compare mixed grill.
- Philately. a group of small pyramidal marks, embossed or impressed in parallel rows on certain U.S. and Peruvian stamps of the late 19th century to prevent erasure of cancellation marks.
- to broil on a gridiron or other apparatus over or before a fire.
- to subject to severe and persistent cross-examination or questioning.
- to torment with heat.
- to mark with a series of parallel bars like those of a grill.
- to undergo broiling.
Origin of grill1
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- a grating or openwork barrier, as for a gate, usually of metal and often of decorative design.
- an opening, usually covered by grillwork, for admitting air to cool the engine of an automobile or the like; radiator grille.
- any of various perforated screens, sheets, etc., used to cover something, as on a radio for protecting the amplifier or in cryptography for coding purposes.
- a ticket window covered by a grating.
- Court Tennis. a square-shaped winning opening on the hazard side of the court.Compare dedans(def 1), winning gallery.
Origin of grille
Examples from the Web for grill
Also, Mary is dead now and her grill has probably been blown to smithereens.‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Carol Is the Hero of the Zombie Apocalypse
October 13, 2014
Called my friends Cindy and Gary and they came over and we put steaks on the grill and smoked cigars and got drunk.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
The air around the grill clouds with the steam of sizzling onions.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
McDonald channeled us into Holiday's last year of life, in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.Billie Holiday, Barack Obama, and the Pain of Black Women
June 22, 2014
Audra McDonald's amazing performance as Billie Holliday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill' must win her a Tony.Audra for the Win: Why Audra McDonald Must Win Tony for Best Actress
June 7, 2014
He would row me about the service of the Grill—something of that sort.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Ay, or dropped you with the Tongo chiefs, who'd grill you for breakfast?Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
M—— M—— then held her close to the grill and told me to see for myself.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
He could stand on his head, yes, but it was unfair to grill her.The Paliser case
By the time they had reached dessert, the grill room was deserted.The Lost Despatch
Natalie Sumner Lincoln
- to cook (meat, fish, etc) by direct heat, as under a grill or over a hot fire, or (of meat, fish, etc) to be cooked in this wayUsual US and Canadian word: broil
- (tr; usually passive) to torment with or as if with extreme heatthe travellers were grilled by the scorching sun
- (tr) informal to subject to insistent or prolonged questioning
- a device with parallel bars of thin metal on which meat, fish, etc, may be cooked by a fire; gridiron
- a device on a cooker that radiates heat downwards for grilling meat, fish, etc
- food cooked by grilling
- See grillroom
- a variant spelling of grille
- Also called: grillwork a framework, esp of metal bars arranged to form an ornamental pattern, used as a screen or partition
- Also called: radiator grille a grating, often chromium-plated, that admits cooling air to the radiator of a motor vehicle
- a metal or wooden openwork grating used as a screen or divider
- a protective screen, usually plastic or metal, in front of the loudspeaker in a radio, record player, etc
- real tennis the opening in one corner of the receiver's end of the court
- a group of small pyramidal marks impressed in parallel rows into a stamp to prevent reuse
Word Origin and History for grill
"gridiron," 1680s, from French gril, from Old French greil, alteration of graille "grill, frating, railings, fencing," from Latin craticula "gridiron, small griddle," diminutive of cratis "wickerwork," perhaps from PIE *kert- "to turn, entwine." In many instances, Modern English grill is a shortened form of grille, such as "chrome front of an automobile."
"to broil on a grill," 1660s, from grill (n.); figurative sense from 1842, and the specific (transitive) sense of "to subject to intense questioning" is first attested 1894. Related: Grilled; grilling.
"ornamental grating," 1660s, from French grille (fem.) "grating," from Old French greille "gridiron," from Latin craticula "gridiron" (see grill). "The distinction in French between grille and grill ... appears to date from about the 16th c." [OED].