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barbecuenoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɑː.bɪ.kjuː/  us   /ˈbɑːr-/ (UK or Australian English informal barbie , written abbreviation BBQ)
A2 a ​metalframe on which ​meat, ​fish, or ​vegetables are ​cookedoutdoors over a ​fire: Make ​sure you ​light the barbecue in plenty of ​time.A2 a ​meal that is ​prepared and ​eatenoutdoors using such a ​frame, often during a ​party: He made some ​salads to have with the barbecue. a ​partyheldoutdoors, 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 ​cookfood on a barbecue: Their ​traditionalsausages are ​deliciousgrilled or barbecued.
(Definition of barbecue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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barbecuenoun [C]

 us   /ˈbɑr·bɪˌkju/ (abbreviation BBQ)
a ​metalframe on which ​food is ​cookedoutside over a ​fire, or a ​mealprepared using such a ​frame and usually ​eatenoutside: I like ​catfishcooked on a barbecue. Our ​neighborsinvited 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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