cook·ie | \ ˈku̇-kē \
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)

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

The troop’s original goal was to sell at least 6,000 boxes of cookies. Michelle Darrisaw,, "Homeless Girl Scouts Troop Slay Their First Cookie Sale, Selling More Than 32,000 Boxes Of Cookies," 24 Apr. 2018 Nursing the wounds from an unexpected split just doesn’t feel right without spending a full day stuffing our faces with cookie dough ice cream and our ears with Adele’s most depressing tracks. Grace Gavilanes,, "Real People Whose Exes Moved on Really Quickly Share Their Side of the Story," 11 July 2018 The rings tend to look cookie-cutter as a result—and the user experience feels, well, basic. Emily Farra, Vogue, "With Vrai & Oro’s New 3-D Design Studio, You Can Dream Up a Custom Engagement Ring From the Comfort of Your Couch," 10 July 2018 Never mind that the restaurant has a blah location — just another of those cookie-cutter strip centers that dot and cheapen suburbia. Tim Smith,, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 Read More Can fast-growing South End get away from cookie-cutter apartments and big parking decks? Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Retail, restaurants and a boutique hotel are planned for South End," 29 June 2018 The theater, built in 1956, is a nice alternative to newer cookie-cutter movie venues; tickets cost $10.50, and the staff is friendly. Irene Lechowitzky,, "Often overlooked, the wine-country getaway town of Livermore, Calif., has concerts and fine dining at hand," 28 June 2018 The hospitality industry continues to look for alternatives to the cookie-cutter flagship brands and even the proliferation of formulaic boutique hotels. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 The midrange personal-computer market was saturated with cookie-cutter business machines based on the Z80 and running CP/M, the OS du jour of the late 1970s. Benj Edwards, PCWorld, "Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor turns 40 today," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cookie

: 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 \
plural cookies

Kids Definition of cookie

: a small sweet cake

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