What does the word barbecue mean?

Usage examples for barbecue

  1. Yesterday morning I sent them a large dish of strawberries, with a note asking whether they would walk during the day over to my woodland pasture, where the soldiers had a barbecue before setting out for the Mexican war. – A Kentucky Cardinal by James Lane Allen
  2. Have a barbecue, he grinned somberly. – The Lookout Man by B. M. Bower
  3. There was a barbecue that day at the town on the other side, and a stream of people had come down the Whiskey Bar turnpike and crossed the bridge. – Down the Mother Lode by Vivia Hemphill