cook·​ie-cut·​ter | \ ˈku̇-kē-ˌkə-tər How to pronounce cookie-cutter (audio) \

Definition of cookie-cutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by lack of originality or distinction cookie-cutter shopping malls

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Definition of cookie cutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device used to cut rolled cookie dough into shapes before baking

Examples of cookie-cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cut shapes with 3-inch witch hat and bat cookie cutters; place half of each shape, 1/2-inch apart, on prepared baking sheet. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Hats and Bats Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tarts," 6 Sep. 2019 Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut the center out of every layer except 1 blue layer (see sidebar, photo 1). Ana Calderone,, "How to Make a Patriotic Sprinkle Explosion Cake for July 4th: Your Step-By-Step Guide," 3 July 2019 Surprise your child by cutting a sandwich or a slice of cheese with their favorite cookie cutter shape. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: 7 healthy (and fun) back-to-school lunch hacks," 3 Sep. 2019 The researchers got their sediment samples from something called a box core, essentially a giant cookie cutter that slices down many years’ worth of layers in the seafloor. Wired, "Plastic Will Be the Shameful Artifact Our Descendants Dig Up," 4 Sep. 2019 Or, try making mini-sandwiches with small cookie cutters. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: 7 healthy (and fun) back-to-school lunch hacks," 3 Sep. 2019 Once firm, remove top piece of paper and cut out cookies using cookie cutter. Kristen Farmer Hall, al, "Learn to make brioche and shortbread from a local baker," 27 Aug. 2019 Most importantly, always be open with your needs, which may not be cookie cutter. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel With My Invisible Disability," 19 Aug. 2019 Cut eight circles from the slices using a 3-inch round cookie cutter (or the rim of a glass or food can). Kirsten Dixon, Anchorage Daily News, "An Alaskan’s Baked Alaska recipe for the holidays," 24 Dec. 2011

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1963, in the meaning defined above


1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie-cutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, disapproving : very similar to other things of the same kind : not original or different

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie cutter (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a metal or plastic object that is pressed into the dough that is used to make cookies to give them a certain shape

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