WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bar•be•cue or bar•be•que /ˈbɑrbɪˌkyu/USA pronunciation
n., v., -cued or -qued, -cu•ing or -qu•ing. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Fooda grill for cooking food over an open fire.
- a meal, usually outdoors, at which food is roasted over an open fire.
- Foodto broil or roast (food) over an open fire: [no object]It's a pleasant evening; let's barbecue for a change.[~ + object]Let's barbecue steaks.
(bär′bi kyo̅o̅′),USA pronunciation n., v., -cued, -cu•ing. n.
- Foodpieces of beef, fowl, fish, or the like, roasted over an open hearth, esp. when basted in a barbecue sauce.
- Fooda framework, as a grill or a spit, or a fireplace for cooking meat or vegetables over an open fire.
- Fooda dressed steer, lamb, or other animal, roasted whole.
- a meal, usually in the open air and often as a political or social gathering, at which meats are roasted over an open hearth or pit.
- Foodto broil or roast whole or in large pieces over an open fire, on a spit or grill, often seasoning with vinegar, spices, salt, and pepper.
- Foodto cook (sliced or diced meat or fish) in a highly seasoned sauce.
Also, barbeque, bar-b-que.
- to cook by barbecuing or to entertain at a barbecue:If the weather's nice, we'll barbecue in the backyard.
- Arawak (perh. Taino) barbacoa a raised frame of sticks
- Spanish barbacoa
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
barbecue /ˈbɑːbɪˌkjuː/ n
vb ( -cues, -cuing, -cued)(transitive)
- a meal cooked out of doors over an open fire
- an outdoor party or picnic at which barbecued food is served
- a grill or fireplace used in barbecuing
- the food so cooked
Etymology: 17th Century: from American Spanish barbacoa, probably from Taino: frame made of sticks
- to cook (meat, fish, etc) on a grill, usually over charcoal and often with a highly seasoned sauce
- to cook (meat, fish, etc) in a highly seasoned sauce
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