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gridiron (n.)

cooking utensil for broiling over a fire, early 14c., griderne, alteration (by association with iron) of gridire (late 13c.), a variant of gridil (see griddle). Confusion of "l" and "r" was common in Norman dialect. Also a medieval instrument of torture by fire. As the word for a U.S. football field, by 1896, for its lines.

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Definitions of gridiron from WordNet

gridiron (n.)
a cooking utensil of parallel metal bars; used to grill fish or meat;
Synonyms: grid
gridiron (n.)
the playing field on which football is played;
Synonyms: football field
From wordnet.princeton.edu