Meaning of “barbecue” in the English Dictionary

"barbecue" in British English

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uk /ˈbɑː.bɪ.kjuː/ us /ˈbɑːr.bə.kjuː/ UK or Australian English informal barbie, written abbreviation BBQ

A2 [ C ] 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 [ C ] 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.

[ C ] a party held outdoors, during which food is cooked on a barbecue:

We're having a barbecue on Saturday - I hope you can come.

[ U ] US meat, usually pork, cooked slowly on a metal frame in a container filled with smoke, and served in a barbecue sauce

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verb [ T ] uk ˈbɑː.bɪ.kjuː us ˈbɑːr.bə.kjuː

B1 to cook food on a barbecue:

Their traditional sausages are delicious grilled or barbecued.

(Definition of “barbecue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barbecue" in American English

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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.
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)