from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flat metal surface, such as a pan, that is used for cooking by dry heat.
  • n. Vermont & Upstate New York See eye.
  • transitive v. To cook on a flat metal surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat plate of metal used for cooking.
  • v. To use a griddle, to cook on a griddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An iron plate or pan used for cooking cakes.
  • n. A sieve with a wire bottom, used by miners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grated utensil for broiling flesh and fish: same as gridiron
  • n. A broad disk or shallow pan of iron, used chiefly for cooking thin cakes over a fire.
  • n. A griddle-cake.
  • n. In mining, a sieve with a wire bottom.
  • n. One of the iron plates fitted as lids to the round apertures for cooking-utensils in the top of a cooking-stove or range.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cook on a griddle
  • n. cooking utensil consisting of a flat heated surface (as on top of a stove) on which food is cooked


Middle English gridel, gridiron, from Old North French gredil, from Latin crātīcula, diminutive of crātis, wickerwork hurdle, lattice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman gredile or Old French gridil, from Latin crāticulum, diminutive of crātis. (Wiktionary)



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