- a framework of metal bars or wires on which to broil meat or fish; grill
- any framework or network resembling a gridiron
- a football field
Origin of gridironMiddle English gredirne, folk etymology on irne (see iron) from gredire, variant, variety of gredil: see griddle
- Football a. The field of play.b. The game itself.
- A metal structure high above the stage of a theater, from which ropes or cables are strung to scenery and lights.
- a. A flat framework of parallel metal bars used for broiling meat or fish.b. An object resembling such a framework.
Origin of gridironMiddle English gridirne lattice, grill alteration ( influenced by iren, irne iron ) of gridere alteration of gridel ; see griddle .
- An instrument of torture on which people were secured before being burned by fire. [from 13th c.]
- An iron rack or grate used for broiling flesh and fish over coals. [from 14th c.]
- Any object resembling the rack or grate. [from 15th c.]
- (nautical) An openwork frame on which vessels are placed for examination, cleaning, and repairs.
- (American football) The field on which American football is played. [from 19th c.]
- (uncountable) American football.
- (Australia and New Zealand) A generic term for American and Canadian football, particularly when used to distinguish from other codes of football.
Origin uncertain; the ending was assimilated to iron.