A gridiron is a metal grill used for cooking food over a fire. Don't throw your burgers on your friend's gridiron if she's a strict vegetarian!

Just as the word implies, a gridiron is a grid, or two crossed sets of parallel bars, made of iron (or another kind of metal). In addition to cooking gridirons, there are also gridirons that support heavy equipment on film sets. In sports, gridiron is another name for an American football field, marked off in grid-like yard lines. Gridiron shares a Latin root with griddle.

Definitions of gridiron
  1. noun
    a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat
    synonyms: grid
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    type of:
    cooking utensil, cookware
    a kitchen utensil made of material that does not melt easily; used for cooking
  2. noun
    the playing field on which football is played
    synonyms: football field
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    type of:
    athletic field, field, playing area, playing field
    a piece of land prepared for playing a game
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