Definition of parrilla in US English:


(also parilla)


  • 1Now especially in some Latin American countries: a structure resembling a metal grid used as an instrument of torture, to which the victim is secured to be electrocuted or (formerly) burned.

  • 2A dish consisting of a variety of grilled meats; a mixed grill.

  • 3A (usually outdoor) grill used to cook such a dish; a barbecue.

  • 4A restaurant specializing in Argentinian-style grilled meats.


Mid 19th century. From Spanish parrilla grill, instrument of torture, grill restaurant from parra artificially supported vine + -illa, so called on account of resemblance to the shape of the trellis on which vines grow.