Definition of braaivleis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌɪˌfleɪs/

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South African
1A picnic or barbecue where meat is grilled over an open fire.
Example sentences
  • I would include the sizzle of meat on a braaivleis fire, the sharp hiss of a can of Castle being opened.
  • We used to pitch up at one of the brother's houses on the weekend, have a braaivleis [barbecue] and watch the kids play cricket on the big lawn.
  • After school one day I was invited to attend a braaivleis, a South African barbecue.
1.1 [mass noun] Meat grilled over an open fire.
Example sentences
  • Why didn't they slap an injunction on samoosas, koeksisters, bobotie, braaivleis, witblits or mampoer while they were about it?
  • As was the case for the last fourteen years, I was sitting at my desk, working, while the crowd at the showgrounds enjoyed their pap and braaivleis, gaping at the fireworks display.
  • But, in reality, we are all exposed to cancer-causing substances on a daily basis - be it from sunlight, braaivleis or air pollution.


Afrikaans, 'grilled meat', from braai 'to grill' + vleis 'meat'.

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