barbecue

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English[edit]

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Marinated beef grilling on a barbecue.

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish barbacoa, from Taino barbakoa (framework of sticks), the raised wooden structure the Indians used to either sleep on or cure meat. Originally “meal of roasted meat or fish”.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɑː(ɹ)bəkju/
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Noun[edit]

barbecue (plural barbecues)

  1. A meal or event highlighted by food cooked on a barbecue.
    We're having a barbecue on Saturday, and you're invited.
  2. A fireplace or pit for grilling food, typically used outdoors and traditionally employing hot charcoal as the heating medium.
    We cooked our food on the barbecue.
  3. (dated) A hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast.
  4. A floor on which coffee beans are sun-dried.
    • 2000, Andrew Gerald Gravette, Architectural Heritage of the Caribbean (page 227)
      Drying the coffee beans took place in a barbecue, basically a large, flat platform, where the pulped coffee beans could be laid out and turned as they dried. Barbecues were often walled around and raised above ground level.

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barbecue (third-person singular simple present barbecues, present participle barbecuing, simple past and past participle barbecued)

  1. To cook food on a barbecue; to grill.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English barbecue.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: bar‧be‧cue

Noun[edit]

barbecue m (plural barbecues, diminutive barbecuetje n)

  1. barbecue

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Verb[edit]

barbecue

  1. first-person singular present indicative of barbecueën
  2. imperative of barbecueën
  3. first-person singular present indicative of barbecuen
  4. singular present subjunctive of barbecuen
  5. imperative of barbecuen

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

barbecue m (plural barbecues)

  1. barbecue