There are 2 main definitions of grill in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɡrɪl


1A device on a cooker that radiates heat downwards for cooking food: place under a hot grill [as modifier]: a grill pan
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  • Scatter over the breadcrumbs and place under a hot grill, a good few inches from the heat, until golden.
  • Depending on the heat of your grill, this will take 7-10 minutes.
  • Return the peppers to the grill pan and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
1.1A gridiron used for cooking food on an open fire.
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  • The entrance led past an open kitchen with a vast wood burning oven and open charcoal grills.
  • There were few people at the moment, but there were barbecue pits with picnic tables and four large covered areas with huge open grills and rows of tables.
  • Grill small sardines on the open grill and serve with a twist of lemon and a healthy shake of freshly ground black pepper.
1.2A dish of grilled food, especially meat.
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  • An elegant fusion of Asian and Western elements in the design extends to the dishes - noodles, pasta, tempura, grills and rotisserie - on offer throughout the day and evening.
  • The bar menu sounded fine with all the usual pub grub favourites including steak pie, grills and fish dishes, but we decided to go for the extra elbow room in the restaurant.
  • Their tasty South East Asian fare includes noodles, grills, steamed fish and salads, and diners get to sit on communal benches where the quick turnover suits those with little time.
1.3 (also grill room) A restaurant serving grilled food: [in names]: the Savoy Grill
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  • The local Indian restaurant has become a grill room, with South African and Australian flags outside.
  • There's an authentic 1930's cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an elegant grill room beneath the spectacular cupola, with mosaic floors and stained glass windows.
  • Very friendly front-of-house, nice bar area and both the grill and the restaurant offer pretty views of a windy forecourt between four skyscrapers.


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1Cook (food) using a grill: grill the trout for five minutes
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  • You can also prepare meals in a more healthy way, for example baking or grilling foods instead of frying.
  • To grill bell peppers, rinse them and cut them in half lengthwise; then discard stems and seeds.
  • They were intending to grill a burger or two when Mary realized that neither of them had any means of lighting the coals.
2 informal Subject (someone) to intense questioning or interrogation: my father grilled us about what we had been doing (as noun grilling) they faced a grilling over the latest results
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  • I went in to ask them questions, and they ended up grilling me for about six hours.
  • Analysts have taken a mischievous delight in grilling him at meetings; he cannot hide his irritation at being asked questions he would rather not answer.
  • John then began grilling him about how many employers had been indicted in Southern California for hiring illegals.


mid 17th century: from French gril (noun), griller (verb), from Old French graille 'grille'.



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  • Sit the shrimp paste on a small square of aluminium foil and grill under a pre-heated griller until slightly toasted.
  • To my left is a built in oven / griller, then a two-door stainless steel refrigerator in a recessed area in the wall, as well as more timber cupboards and drawers.
  • Spoon some mayonnaise or aioli over the fish fillets and put briefly under a griller, before serving the dish.

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