cook·​ie | \ ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio) \
variants: or cooky
plural cookies

Definition of cookie

1 : a small flat or slightly raised cake
2a : an attractive woman a buxom French cookie who haunts the … colony's one night spotNewsweek
b : person, guy a tough cookie
3 cookie : a small file or part of a file stored on a World Wide Web user's computer, created and subsequently read by a website server, and containing personal information (such as a user identification code, customized preferences, or a record of pages visited)

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Examples of cookie in a Sentence

This recipe makes about two dozen cookies. She put a batch of cookies into the oven. Don't worry about her—she's a tough cookie. You are one smart cookie.
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Recent Examples on the Web Plates of cookies are set out for any visitors, alongside a thermometer and hand sanitizer. Niniek Karmini,, "Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears," 24 May 2020 For guests' safety, the Kids’ Fun Rooms within all open stores will remain closed, and the serving of cookies and other refreshments is suspended, the statement said. Jamie Landers, azcentral, "These companies and businesses are requesting customers wear masks as Arizona reopens," 13 May 2020 Place chocolate sandwich cookies in your food processor and pulse until pureed. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Make 'The Grey Stuff' From 'Beauty and the Beast' at Home With Disney's Recipe," 12 May 2020 Jessie excelled at making cookies and Mary knew it. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Besties for 78 years die of coronavirus 6 days apart, now 'They're together up there'," 3 May 2020 Pulse cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs form, 12 to 15 minutes. Erika Dungan And Kate Merker, Country Living, "Blackberry Coconut Tart," 2 May 2020 Anything smaller than that — letters and a box of cookies for your aunt in Kivalina, for example — goes through the post office. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Mail and freight keep Alaska air carriers on life support during pandemic," 25 Apr. 2020 Replace fiberless meat with beans or lentils, traditional pasta for pulse pasta, and exchange packaged snacks, like cookies and chips, with combos of fruit and nuts or veggies with hummus or guacamole. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "6 Eating Habits and Foods that Weaken Your Immune System," 6 Apr. 2020 Baking cookies or picking up barbecue isn't necessary, but for our mental health, food is comfort and pleasure and a reminder of normal times. Polly Campbell,, "Food for a pandemic: Carryout comfort food to carry us through," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cookie

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cookie

Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

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The first known use of cookie was in 1703

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie

chiefly US : a sweet baked food that is usually small, flat, and round and is made from flour and sugar
computers : a file that may be added to your computer when you visit a Web site and that contains information about you (such as an identification code or a record of the Web pages you have visited)


cook·​ie | \ ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio) \
plural cookies

Kids Definition of cookie

: a small sweet cake

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