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Definition of barbecue noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

barbecue

noun
/ˈbɑrbɪˌkyu/ barbecue pronunciation American
 
(abbr. BBQ) 1 a metal frame for cooking food on over an open fire outdoorsI put another steak on the barbecue.barbecue ribs (= cooked in this way)2 an outdoor meal or party when food is cooked in this wayLet's have a barbecue! compare cookout