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barbecuenoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɑː.bɪ.kjuː/  us   /ˈbɑːr.bə.kjuː/ (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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barbecue
verb [T] uk   us  
B1 to cook food on a barbecue: Their traditional sausages are delicious grilled or barbecued.
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barbecuenoun [C]

 us   /ˈbɑr·bɪˌkju/ (abbreviation BBQ)
a metal frame on which food is cooked outside over a fire, or a meal prepared using such a frame and usually eaten outside: I like catfish cooked on a barbecue. Our neighbors invited all of us to a backyard barbecue.
barbecue
verb [T]  us   /ˈbɑr·bɪˌkju/
During the summer we barbecue all the time.
(Definition of barbecue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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