grille

or grill

[ gril ]
/ grɪl /

noun

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

1655–65; < French, Old French < Late Latin *gratīcula, Latin crātīcula (compare Old Provençal grazilha), diminutive of crātis

Related forms

grilled, adjectiveun·grilled, adjective

Can be confused

grill grille

Definition for grille (2 of 2)

grillé

or gril·lée

[ French gree-yey ]
/ French griˈyeɪ /

adjective

cooked on a grill; broiled.
Textiles. having an ornamental bar or grate pattern across the open areas of a lace motif.

Origin of grillé

1680–90; < French: grilled; see grille
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British Dictionary definitions for grille

grille

grill

/ (ɡrɪl) /

noun

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 for grille

C17: from Old French, from Latin crātīcula fine hurdlework, from crātis a hurdle
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