- 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
- cooked on a grill; broiled.
- Textiles. having an ornamental bar or grate pattern across the open areas of a lace motif.
Origin of grillé
Examples from the Web for grille
Friends make dinner reservations at the Oyster Bar and Grille in Oak Bluffs.My Martha's Vineyard Close Encounter
Patricia J. Williams
August 29, 2009
A scared brother cocked his eye through the grille to see who was there.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
From there I took one leading straight to the Grille d'Honneur.The Rose of Old St. Louis
"But I'm not," said the unexpected voice of the deputy at the grille of the gateway.Clarence
She pointed to the door with the grille, and he regarded it with a new interest.The Secret Witness
He pushed upon the grille and stepped from the dungeon into the outer darkness.The Hour of the Dragon
Robert E. Howard
- 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 grille
"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].