barbecue

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English[edit]

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Marinated beef grilling on a barbecue.
A plate of barbecue (foreground) with sauce, beans and bread.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (apparatus; event; meat): barbeque; bar-be-que, bar-b-que (informal forms based on the abbreviation)
  • (apparatus; event): barbie (Australia, NZ, UK, informal abbreviation)
  • (event; meat): BBQ (informal abbreviation)
  • (meat): 'cue, 'que, que (US, informal shortenings)

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɑː(ɹ)bəkju/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bar‧be‧cue

Noun[edit]

barbecue ‎(plural barbecues)

  1. 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.
  2. A meal or event highlighted by food cooked in such an apparatus.
    We're having a barbecue on Saturday, and you're invited.
  3. Meat, especially pork or beef, which has been cooked in such an apparatus (i.e. smoked over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels) and then chopped up or shredded.
    She ordered a plate of barbecue with a side of slaw.
  4. (dated) A hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast.
  5. 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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To cook food on a barbecue; to smoke it over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels.
  2. To grill.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English barbecue.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • 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. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of barbecuen
  5. imperative of barbecuen

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

barbecue m ‎(plural barbecues)

  1. barbecue

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