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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Those cookies, however, often expire more quickly because they aren’t used — and updated — as frequently as those on your regular browser. Rani Molla, Vox, "Why you have to keep logging in to read news on your phone," 8 July 2019 Next, cross the street and grab some buns for those brats — not to mention Scandinavian doughnuts, cookies, banana bread and cinnamon bread — at Lindstrom Bakery. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 Ida Lewison, a seven-year-old from Kansas who had read that Harris’s mother used to make Special K cookies, handed the Senator a box of the cereal. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "How Iowans Greeted Kamala Harris After Her Debate Breakthrough," 6 July 2019 Or just buy the beautiful cookies, including some decorated like pieces of fruit. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Shoppers love the small-town feel of this Frisco farmers market," 2 July 2019 If Lopez does go for dessert, her guilty pleasures are chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, revealed on The View. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What Jennifer Lopez Does To Look Decades Younger," 27 June 2019 Those are served by the cone or cup for $4 to $6 or in sundae-like bowls with fruit, nuts, cookies, toppings and sauces for $6 to $8. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Leucadia cafe specializes in live culture food, drinks," 27 June 2019 The homemade cookies are like a salute to Ambassador Orfila’s dual Argentine-American success stories: alfajores (South American shortbread sandwiches with dulce de leche) and peanut butter chocolate chip. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Orfila tasting room brings the flavors of wine country to downtown Oceanside," 27 June 2019 In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, boxes of cookies are on sale at a Cannabis light store in Rome. Washington Post, "Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t," 27 June 2019

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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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14 Jul 2019

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The first known use of cookie was in 1703

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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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