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bar·be·cue [or] bar·be·que

barbecue [or] barbeque

bar b kyu
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a party, often held outdoors, at which meat and sometimes vegetables are roasted on a grill or spit over an open fire.
They invited all the neighbors to their Fourth of July barbecue.
definition 2: the apparatus, either fixed or portable, on which such a meal is cooked.
Should I put more chicken on the barbecue?
definition 3: the food cooked in this manner, often having a spicy sauce.
I just love barbecue, and the spicier the better!Benny's Grill serves the best barbecue in town.
similar words:
broil, grill
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: barbecued, barbecues, barbecuing
definition: to roast on a grill or spit over an open fire, often using a spicy sauce.
Let's barbecue these vegetables along with the chicken.
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Word History
Barbecue comes from barbacoa, a Spanish word for a frame used to roast meat or fish. The Spanish word may come from the language of the Taino people, who once lived on the islands between North and South America.
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  celebration, food, leisure