pieces of beef, fowl, fish, or the like, roasted over an open hearth, especially when basted in a barbecue sauce.
a framework, as a grill or a spit, or a fireplace for cooking meat or vegetables over an open fire.
a dressed steer, lamb, or other animal, roasted whole.
a meal, usually in the open air and often as a political or social gathering, at which meats are roasted over an open hearth or pit.
to broil or roast whole or in large pieces over an open fire, on a spit or grill, often seasoning with vinegar, spices, salt, and pepper.
to cook (sliced or diced meat or fish) in a highly seasoned sauce.
to cook by barbecuing or to entertain at a barbecue:
If the weather’s nice, we’ll barbecue in the backyard.
You can serve him up at a formal Sunday dinner, or in shirtsleeves at a casual summer bar-b-que.
Sarah Palin’s Newest Rival Mark McKinnon October 26, 2010
a meal cooked out of doors over an open fire
an outdoor party or picnic at which barbecued food is served
a grill or fireplace used in barbecuing
the food so cooked
verb (transitive) -cues, -cuing, -cued
to cook (meat, fish, etc) on a grill, usually over charcoal and often with a highly seasoned sauce
to cook (meat, fish, etc) in a highly seasoned sauce
1650s, “framework for grilling meat, fish, etc.,” from American Spanish barbacoa, from Arawakan (Haiti) barbakoa “framework of sticks,” the raised wooden structure the Indians used to either sleep on or cure meat. Sense of “outdoor meal of roasted meat or fish as a social entertainment” is from 1733; modern popular noun sense of “grill for cooking over an open fire” is from 1931.
1660s, from barbecue (n.). Related: Barbecued; barbecuing.
tufted or furnished with hairs; bearded. Historical Examples He had experienced much difficulty in fording the barbate, which was swollen by recent rains. Excursions in the mountains of Ronda and Granada, with characteristic sketches of the inhabitants of southern Spain, v. 2/2 Charles Rochfort Scott barbate: furnished with barbs; hair with spines or spurs directed […]
without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive: barbaric invaders. of, like, or befitting barbarians: a barbaric empire; barbaric practices. crudely rich or splendid: barbaric decorations. Contemporary Examples According to Bale, Moses was “one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.” Christian Bale: One Man’s Moses Is Another Man’s Terrorist Candida Moss, […]
having barbs. calculated to wound; cutting: a professor noted for his barbed criticisms. a point or pointed part projecting backward from a main point, as of a fishhook or arrowhead. an obviously or openly unpleasant or carping remark. Botany, Zoology. a hooked or sharp bristle. Ornithology. one of the processes attached to the rachis of […]
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concertina wire. wire with razor-sharp edges or projections, placed in coils as a barrier along the tops of fences or walls, as at a prison.