barbecue /ˈbɑːbɪkjuː / barbeque


I. noun

1. a meal or gathering at which meat, fish, or other food is cooked out of doors on a rack over an open fire or on a special appliance.

in the evening there was a barbecue.
[as modifier]
a barbecue area.
2. a rack or appliance used for the preparation of food at a barbecue.

food was placed to sizzle on the barbecue.
3. [ mass noun]
(N. Amer.) food cooked on a barbecue.

all the barbecue he could eat.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. cook (food) on a barbecue.

fish barbecued with herbs.
(as adj. barbecued)
barbecued chicken.
– origin mid 17th cent.: from Spanish barbacoa, perhaps from Arawak barbacoa ‘wooden frame on posts’. The original sense was ‘wooden framework for sleeping on, or for storing meat or fish to be dried’.

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