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barbecue

noun [C] uk   /ˈbɑː.bɪ.kjuː/ us    /ˈbɑːr-/ ( UK or Australian English informal barbie , written abbreviation BBQ)
A2 a metal frame on which meat, fish, or vegetables are cooked outdoors over a fire: Make sure you light the barbecue in plenty of time.A2 a meal that is prepared and eaten outdoors using such a frame, often during a party: He made some salads to have with the barbecue. a party held outdoors, during which food is cooked on a barbecue: We're having a barbecue on Saturday - I hope you can come.
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verb [T] uk   us  
B1 to cook food on a barbecue: Their traditional sausages are delicious grilled or barbecued.
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