AskDefine | Define grillwork

Dictionary Definition



1 mesh netting made of wires [syn: wirework]
2 a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate; "he cooked hamburgers on the grill" [syn: grill, grille]

Extensive Definition

Grillwork is decorative grating of metal, wood, stone, or other material used as a screen, divider, barrier, or as a purely decorative element. It may function as a window, either with or without glazing. Grillwork may also refer to the decorative front end of a motor vehicle. Grillwork is sometimes referred to as simply as a “grill” or as “grille”, but the latter terms do not convey a decorative quality. These words are all derived from the Old French greille.

Examples of grillwork


  • Southworth, Susan and Michael Southworth, Ornamental ironwork, an illustrated guide to its design, history & use in American architecture, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1992.
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