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. noun
    a cookout in which food is cooked over an open fire; especially a whole animal carcass roasted on a spit
    synonyms: barbeque
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    type of:
    cookout
    an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors
  2. noun
    a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
    synonyms: barbeque
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    type of:
    rack
    framework for holding objects
  3. noun
    meat that has been barbecued or grilled in a highly seasoned sauce
    synonyms: barbeque
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    dish
    a particular item of prepared food
  4. verb
    cook outdoors on a barbecue grill
    “let's barbecue that meat”
    synonyms: barbeque, cook out
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    type of:
    grill
    cook over a grill
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