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)

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 Old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony in Catalano Square, with music, reindeer, hot cocoa, Santa and cookie sale. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2021 Fill a holiday cookie tray with a variety of sweet treats. cleveland, 26 Nov. 2021 Prices range from $2 for an individual cookie to $45 for a box of 18 cookies. Patrick Connolly,, 26 Nov. 2021 The success of the fundraiser encouraged her to turn her cookie passion into a business. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Since her grandmother's death, one of her sisters makes the straws for each of the family's during the holidays using a cookie press. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 The festivities will include the tree lighting at 6 p.m., carriage and train rides, ice carving, s’mores at a fire pit and cookie decorating. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Nov. 2021 Grab the kiddos for Kinder Nights, December 17-19, featuring a downtown cookie crawl, a visit with Santa, a scavenger hunt, and real reindeer. Katie Friel, Chron, 22 Nov. 2021 Any cookie made with perishable ingredients such as cream cheese, jams and the like should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of cookie

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cookie

Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

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1 Dec 2021

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“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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
: person
: 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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