verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to undergo broiling.

Origin of grill

1660–70; 1890–95 for def 6; < French gril gridiron ≪ Latin crātīculum, creātīculō, diminutive of crātis wickerwork, hurdle. See grille
Can be confusedgrill grille

Synonyms for grill


or grill



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 formsgrilled, adjectiveun·grilled, adjective
Can be confusedgrill grille Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grilled

Contemporary Examples of grilled

Historical Examples of grilled

  • When I am free I will first cut out your liver and have it grilled, and feed it to you as you are dying.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • He huskily muttered his name to the clerk at the grilled door and was admitted.

  • He did honour to the grilled chicken to which he had vainly tempted Sophy.

  • Renwick smiled at her as he whispered, "I am to be grilled?"

    The Secret Witness

    George Gibbs

  • More of them were behind the grilled peepholes of the casemate.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner

British Dictionary definitions for grilled



cooked on a grill or gridiron
having a grille




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
Derived Formsgriller, noun

Word Origin for grill

C17: from French gril gridiron, from Latin crātīcula fine wickerwork; see grille




a variant spelling of grille

Word Origin for grill

C17: see 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 for grille

C17: from Old French, from Latin crātīcula fine hurdlework, from crātis a hurdle
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Word Origin and History for grilled



"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."



"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].



"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.

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