WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
grid•i•ron /ˈgrɪdˌaɪɚn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Sporta football field.
  2. a utensil consisting of parallel metal bars on which to broil meat or other food.
  3. any framework or network resembling a gridiron.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
grid•i•ron  (gridī′ərn),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta football field.
  2. a utensil consisting of parallel metal bars on which to broil meat or other food.
  3. any framework or network resembling a gridiron.
  4. Show Businessa structure above the stage of a theater, from which hung scenery and the like are manipulated.

v.t. 
  1. to mark off into squares or design with a network of squares.
  • 1250–1300; Middle English gridirne, gridir(e), gridere, variant of gridel griddle; variants in -irne, -ire, etc. are associated by folk etymology with ModE variant irne, ire iron


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gridiron /ˈɡrɪdˌaɪən/ n
  1. a utensil of parallel metal bars, used to grill meat, fish, etc
  2. any framework resembling this utensil
  3. a framework above the stage in a theatre from which suspended scenery, lights, etc, are manipulated
  4. the field of play in American football
  5. an informal name for American football

Often shortened to: grid Etymology: 13th Century gredire, perhaps variant (through influence of ire iron) of gredile griddle



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