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Grill vs. Grille

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Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and mean different things. Grill and grille are homophones. It is impossible to discern any difference between them based on their pronunciations alone, but their meanings are actually completely different.

In this post, I will compare grill vs. grille. I will use each of these words in at least one example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you a memory tool that will help you decide whether to use grill or grille in your own writing.

Origin:

The word grill originated in mid-17th century: from French gril (noun), griller (verb), from Old French graille ‘grille. Grille originated in mid-17th century: from French, from medieval Latin, craticula, diminutive of cratis ‘hurdle’; related to crate, grate2, and griddle.

Grill as noun:

Grill is used as a noun which means a device on a cooker that radiates heat downwards for cooking food.

Place the rod under a hot grill.

Grill as verb:

Grill is also used as a verb which means to cook (food) using a grill.

Grill the trout for five minutes.

Grille as noun:

Grille is a noun that means a grating or screen of metal bars or wires, placed in front of something as protection or to allow ventilation or discreet observation.

I looked through the grille into the church.

Examples:

Maryland lawmakers are planning to grill utility company representatives next week about why so many customers were left in the dark following last week’s snowstorm … [Washington Post]

It may be winter, but don’t try telling that to the grill — or the people who use them. [Delta Optimist]

The 200 S has a black chrome grille and 18-inch wheels with black accents. [Automobile Magazine]

 

Police said the thieves climbed a security grille and broke through a second-storey window. [Stonnington Leader]

Grill or grille:

Grill and grille are homophones. Grill is either a cooking device or a type of restaurant. Grille refers to a protective metal latticework. They should never be interchanged, although some restaurants use grille anyway. Since grill and Philly, a type of cheesesteak sandwich often available at pubs, both contain a double L but no E, you can remember to reserve this spelling of the word for contexts involving food.

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