Definition of barbecue noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

barbecue

noun
/ˈbɑrbɪˌkyu/
 
 
(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