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]
  1. Fooda grill for cooking food over an open fire.
  2. a meal, usually outdoors, at which food is roasted over an open fire.

  1. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bar•be•cue  (bärbi kyo̅o̅′),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -cued, -cu•ing. 
  1. Foodpieces of beef, fowl, fish, or the like, roasted over an open hearth, esp. when basted in a barbecue sauce.
  2. Fooda framework, as a grill or a spit, or a fireplace for cooking meat or vegetables over an open fire.
  3. Fooda dressed steer, lamb, or other animal, roasted whole.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Foodto cook (sliced or diced meat or fish) in a highly seasoned sauce.

  1. to cook by barbecuing or to entertain at a barbecue:If the weather's nice, we'll barbecue in the backyard.
Also,  barbeque, bar-b-que.  barbe•cu′er, n. 
  • Arawak (perh. Taino) barbacoa a raised frame of sticks
  • Spanish barbacoa
  • 1655–65

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barbecue /ˈbɑːbɪˌkjuː/ n
  1. a meal cooked out of doors over an open fire
  2. an outdoor party or picnic at which barbecued food is served
  3. a grill or fireplace used in barbecuing
  4. the food so cooked
vb ( -cues, -cuing, -cued)(transitive)
  1. to cook (meat, fish, etc) on a grill, usually over charcoal and often with a highly seasoned sauce
  2. to cook (meat, fish, etc) in a highly seasoned sauce
Etymology: 17th Century: from American Spanish barbacoa, probably from Taino: frame made of sticks

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