cook·​ie ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio)
variants or cooky
plural cookies
: a small flat or slightly raised cake
: an attractive woman
a buxom French cookie who haunts the … colony's one night spotNewsweek
: person, guy
a tough cookie
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)

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the first episode, four remaining contestants will need to make their version of the loaded cookie. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2023 To check for doneness, lightly touch the top of a cookie. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2023 Press in center of each with thumb and taper bottom of cookie with fingers to form a heart shape. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2023 The crispness and size of the cookie is noted for its ability to both stand up in consistency and absorb the flavors of the pudding. Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2022 Gingerbread actually covers a whole family of highly spiced sweet baked goods, from the honeycakes of France (known as pain d’épices) to the Susumelle of Calabria (a kind of spiced Christmas cookie dipped in chocolate). Bee Wilson, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2022 She was born a decade before the invention of the chocolate-chip cookie. Vulture, 8 Sep. 2022 What if instead of tea this were beer, and instead of a cookie this were a hot dog? Serena Dai, Bon Appétit, 26 Aug. 2022 Not being able to find a place for Bitadze in a trade is a little confusing, but sometimes that’s how the cookie crumbles. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cookie was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or cooky
plural cookies
: a small sweet flat or slightly raised cake
cookie : a small computer file that contains information relating to websites a person has visited

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