Picnic vs Barbecue - What's the difference?

picnic | barbecue |


As a noun barbecue is

a fireplace or pit for grilling food, typically used outdoors and traditionally employing hot charcoal as the heating medium.

As a verb barbecue is

to cook food on a barbecue; to smoke it over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels.

picnic

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A meal eaten outdoors or in another informal setting.
  • We went out for a picnic in the forest.
  • An easy or pleasant task.
  • We remind the guests that dealing with this problem is no picnic , and to be patient.
  • (obsolete) An entertainment at which each person contributed some dish to a common table.
  • Derived terms

    * picnic basket * picnic box * picnicker * picnic sheet * picnic table

    Verb

  • To eat a picnic.
  • ----

    barbecue

    Alternative forms

    * barbeque * BBQ (informal abbreviation) * bar-be-que, bar-b-que (informal forms based on the abbreviation) * (meat) 'cue, 'que, que (informal shortenings)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fireplace or pit for grilling food, typically used outdoors and traditionally employing hot charcoal as the heating medium.
  • We cooked our food on the barbecue .
  • A meal or event highlighted by food cooked in such an apparatus.
  • We're having a barbecue on Saturday, and you're invited.
  • Meat, especially pork or beef, which has been cooked in such an apparatus (i.e. smoked over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels) and then chopped up or shredded.
  • She ordered a plate of barbecue with a side of slaw.
  • (dated) A hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast.
  • A floor on which coffee beans are sun-dried.
  • * 2000 , Andrew Gerald Gravette, Architectural Heritage of the Caribbean , page 227:
  • Drying the coffee beans took place in a barbecue , basically a large, flat platform, where the pulped coffee beans could be laid out and turned as they dried. Barbecues were often walled around and raised above ground level.

    Synonyms

    * (grill) braai (South African English), buccan, compare grill * (event) braai (South African English), cookout

    Derived terms

    * barbecue sauce * barbie

    Verb

    (barbecu)
  • To cook food on a barbecue; to smoke it over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels.
  • To grill.