What does barbecue mean?

Definitions for barbecue
ˈbɑr bɪˌkyubar·be·cue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbecue, barbequenoun

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

  2. barbecue, barbequenoun

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

  3. barbecue, barbequeverb

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

  4. barbeque, barbecue, cook outverb

    cook outdoors on a barbecue grill

    "let's barbecue that meat"; "We cooked out in the forest"


  1. barbecuenoun

    A fireplace or pit for grilling food, typically used outdoors and traditionally employing hot charcoal as the heating medium.

  2. barbecuenoun

    A meal or event highlighted by food cooked on a barbecue.

    We're having a barbecue on Saturday, and you're invited.

  3. barbecueverb

    To cook food on a barbecue; to grill.

  4. Etymology: From barbacoa, from barbakoa, the raised wooden structure the Indians used to either sleep on or cure meat. Originally “meal of roasted meat or fish”.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barbecuenoun

    A hog drest whole, in the West Indian manner.

  2. To Barbecueverb

    A term used in the West-Indies for dressing a hog whole; which, being split to the backbone, is laid flat upon a large gridiron, raised about two foot above a charcoal fire, with which it is surrounded.

    Oldfield, with more than harpy throat endu’d,
    Cries, send me, gods, a whole hog barbecu’d. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barbecuenoun

    a hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast

  2. Barbecuenoun

    a social entertainment, where many people assemble, usually in the open air, at which one or more large animals are roasted or broiled whole

  3. Barbecuenoun

    a floor, on which coffee beans are sun-dried

  4. Barbecueverb

    to dry or cure by exposure on a frame or gridiron

  5. Barbecueverb

    to roast or broil whole, as an ox or hog


  1. Barbecue

    Barbecue is a method and apparatus for char grilling food in the hot smoke of a wood fire, usually charcoal fueled. In the United States, to grill is to cook in this manner quickly, while barbecue is typically a much slower method utilizing less heat than grilling, attended to over an extended period of several hours. The term as a noun can refer to the meat or to the cooking apparatus itself. The term as an adjective can refer to foods cooked by this method. The term is also used as a verb for the act of cooking food in this manner. Barbecue is usually done in an outdoor environment by cooking and smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Restaurant barbecue may be cooked in large brick or metal ovens specially designed for that purpose. Barbecue has numerous regional variations in many parts of the world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barbecue

    bärb′e-kū, v.t. to roast whole, as a pig: to cure flesh by exposing it on a barbecue.—n. a framework on which to dry and smoke meat above a fire: an animal roasted whole: an open floor on which coffee-beans and the like are spread out to dry: (Amer.) a large social or political entertainment, where the hospitalities are on a lavish scale. [Sp. barbacoa—Haytian barbacòa, a framework of sticks set upon posts.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. barbecue

    A tropical custom of dressing a pig whole.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbecue in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbecue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of barbecue in a Sentence

  1. Marjorie Funderburg:

    You can dehumanize people when they are just abstract concepts to you, affirmative action, voting rights — these are issues that you can depersonalize. But you can't depersonalize your cousin's husband at the barbecue who asks you to pass the ketchup. It's hard to dismiss or take a stance against love when it's in your face.

  2. Stan Hays:

    We'll teach them the basics of grilling and smoking, we'll show them about competition barbecue and the camaraderie that offers... and we'll teach them what we do in BBQ deployments and hopefully get more volunteers.

  3. Edward Kwon:

    One of the reasons I want to globalize is that I want to show that there's more to Korean food than Korean barbecue, ten times out of 10, people will order Korean barbecue. But when friends visit from abroad, I'll take them to have ugeoji haejangguk and they love it.

  4. Chris Bowman:

    Please feel free to bring ur (sic) wife, partner or just a date. This party is open to men, women, families. Gay, str8, bi, and the unknown. the purpose of the barbecue is not for gays and straights but also black, white, any race, any sex and he-saying whatever to bring people together to talk — something we have lost the skill to do.

  5. John Sanford:

    It’s not whether you are gay or transgender or black or white or yellow or pink. To me it doesn’t matter, if you walk through my door I’ll be happy to fix you a plate of barbecue.

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