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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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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Last Updated

18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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