Definition of braaivleis in English:



South African
  • 1A picnic or barbecue where meat is grilled over an open fire.

    • ‘After school one day I was invited to attend a braaivleis, a South African barbecue.’
    • ‘The church, racial ideology, the Broederbond, and braaivleis remained anchors for different segments of society.’
    • ‘Charl, 43, became profoundly deaf when, aged eight, infection set in after he received 80 percent burns in a braaivleis accident.’
    • ‘His first meal back on earth after his trip into space was a braaivleis - he still calls it that - with his neighbours in the town of Tehachapi in California near the Mojave Desert airport where the space programme is based.’
    • ‘We used to pitch up at one of the brother's houses on the weekend, have a braaivleis [barbecue] and watch the kids play cricket on the big lawn.’
    • ‘I would include the sizzle of meat on a braaivleis fire, the sharp hiss of a can of Castle being opened.’
    outdoor meal, al fresco meal, barbecue
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    1. 1.1mass noun Meat grilled over an open fire.
      • ‘As was the case for the last fourteen years, I was sitting at my desk, working, while the crowd at the showgrounds enjoyed their pap and braaivleis, gaping at the fireworks display.’
      • ‘But, in reality, we are all exposed to cancer-causing substances on a daily basis - be it from sunlight, braaivleis or air pollution.’
      • ‘Why didn't they slap an injunction on samoosas, koeksisters, bobotie, braaivleis, witblits or mampoer while they were about it?’


Afrikaans, ‘grilled meat’, from braai ‘to grill’ + vleis ‘meat’.