Definition of grillage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrilij/
Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈläZH/


A heavy framework of cross-timbering or metal beams forming a foundation for building, especially on soft, wet, or unstable ground.
Example sentences
  • Without the luxury of any preexisting steel columns to work with, crews placed the building on a grillage of cast-in-place concrete beams set on base isolators.
  • To prevent this central space from overheating, the glass is protected by an external grillage of fixed wooden louvres.
  • All of the steel grillages and columns that were left in place or incorporated into the new structure were sandblasted to remove accumulated rust.


Late 18th century: from French (see grille, -age).

Words that rhyme with grillage

pillage, spillage, stillage, tillage, village

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Syllabification: gril·lage

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