Definition of gridiron in English:


Line breaks: grid|iron
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɪdʌɪən


1A frame of parallel bars or beams, typically in two sets forming a grid, in particular:
1.1A frame of parallel metal bars used for grilling meat or fish over an open fire.
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  • Show vegetarians the courtesy of either a separate barbecue or a fresh gridiron.
  • By the early 1800's, gridirons were not used as much as most homes had begun using kitchen stoves upon which to cook.
1.2A frame of parallel beams for supporting a ship in dock.
1.3(In the theatre) a framework over a stage supporting scenery and lighting.
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  • The stage is equipped with traps, a fly loft, lights, ladders and the height from stage to gridiron is 40 feet.
2A field for American football, marked with regularly spaced parallel lines.
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  • It doesn't much resemble the game that we have been watching for the past 20 weeks on NFL gridirons, but that doesn't mean that the players are playing hard.
  • Giants TE Jeremy Shockey was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year Wednesday, capping off a season in which his production on the field was often overshadowed by his antics off the gridiron.
  • Since the 1960s, the gridiron, baseball field, basketball court, and boxing ring have spawned legions of entrepreneurs who sought to compete in the business arena.
2.1 [mass noun] North American The sport of American football: [as modifier]: the national gridiron season
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  • What's interesting to me here is the importance of sport to Americans and Brits, particularly football - gridiron and/or soccer.
  • It has also become common practice in basketball, gridiron and other major sports in the United States.
  • Condensing the playoffs would also avoid competition with the World Series, National Football League games, and college gridiron games.
3A grid pattern, especially of streets.
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  • It is in America that the gridiron streetplan beloved of countless utopians has had its most rampant expression.


Middle English gredire, alteration of gredile 'griddle' by association with iron.

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