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  1. (noun) A grill, pit, or outdoor fireplace for roasting meat.
  2. (noun) A whole animal carcass or section thereof roasted or broiled over an open fire or on a spit.
  3. (noun) A social gathering, usually held outdoors, at which food is cooked over an open flame.
  4. (verb-transitive) To roast, broil, or grill (meat or seafood) over live coals or an open fire, often basting with a seasoned sauce.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. I believe that one of the candidates for the Senate there has made it part of his platform. the word barbecue comes from the Spanish word barbacoa which in turns comes from the Arawak - MyDD
  2. The term barbecue comes via the Spanish barbacoa from the West Indies, and a Taino word that meant a framework of green sticks suspended on corner posts, on which meat, fish, and other foods were laid and cooked in the open over fire and coals. - On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
  3. Because for some, using the term barbecue to refer to grilled things is just so freaking incorrect. - Baltimore City Paper
  4. At each of these outdoor cookouts, the term barbecue is being stretched in culinary directions that I do not condone. - Jack of All Blogs
  5. But as the camera pulls back, the viewer sees that the barbecue is actually taking place on a freeway. - Push is on to end prescription drug ads targeting consumers


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