Definitions

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

  • n. A grating of metal, wood, or another material used as a screen, divider, barrier, or decorative element, as in a window or on the front end of an automotive vehicle.
  • n. An opening covered with a grating.

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  • n. Obsolete spelling of grill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A lattice or grating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of openwork or grating, usually of metal, as wrought-iron.
  • n. A grating serving as a gate; also, a metallic grating closing a small opening, as in a door, allowing an inmate to answer inquiries and examine applicants for admission without opening the door.
  • n. The large grating separating a convent parlor into two parts, visitors being allowed only on one side of it.
  • n. In pisciculture, an apparatus for holding fish-eggs during incubation, consisting of a rectangular wooden frame 20 inches long and from 7 to 8 inches wide, into which are fastened small cylindrical glass tubes, closely placed.
  • In lace, having a background consisting of bars or brides crossing open spaces: also said of the background itself.

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

  • n. small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted
  • n. grating that admits cooling air to car's radiator
  • n. a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate

Etymologies

French, from Old French greille; see grill.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The main grille is larger, and the entire front of the car is more ventilated to provide cooling for brakes and the front Haldex differential.

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  • Also, the radiator grille is now composed of a closed, self-contained element inspired by the air intake scoop on the classic Mini.

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  • Opaque purple-colored, it offers a superb aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, black cherry, plum, and blueberry.

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  • The grille was a slim grimace, and the nose a triangle, curved at the corners like a billiard-ball rack.

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  • Perched on top of the grille was a hood ornament the likes of which he had never seen before.

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  • More boomings came shortly from a source Weaver finally identified as a grille over the control panels.

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  • A fine bronze grille, which is, like the gates, of English workmanship, preserves the founder's tomb from injury.

    Westminster Abbey

  • Close to 200 people squeezed into the back room at Brion's grille, which is a stones throw away from George Mason University.

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  • Joining the left and right sides of the grille are the newly developed bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED indicator lights and LED cornering lights.

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  • Once again in the centre of the grille is the classic VW badge, which now - despite integrating the ACC

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