barbecue

A barbecue is an outdoor party where food is cooked on a grill or over a fire. Your family might host a barbecue every summer to celebrate the end of the school year.

If you're invited to a barbecue, you'll probably be served meat that's been slowly cooked or smoked over a fire, served with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. Sometimes this kind of food itself is called barbecue, and the oven or grill that's used is also a barbecue. This word dates from the 17th century, from the Spanish barbacoa, which probably stems from the Arawakan barbakoa, "framework of sticks" used to cure meat.

Definitions of barbecue
1

n a cookout in which food is cooked over an open fire; especially a whole animal carcass roasted on a spit

Synonyms:
barbeque
Type of:
cookout
an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors

n a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors

Synonyms:
barbeque
Type of:
rack
framework for holding objects

n meat that has been barbecued or grilled in a highly seasoned sauce

Synonyms:
barbeque
Type of:
dish
a particular item of prepared food

v cook outdoors on a barbecue grill

“let's barbecue that meat”
Synonyms:
barbeque, cook out
Type of:
grill
cook over a grill

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