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

cookie cutter


Definition of cookie cutter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 Five hundred miles west of Wolfsburg, Volkswagen’s UK-based, upscale cousin prefers slow cooker to cookie cutter. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides," 27 July 2019 On a night of knocking on at least a dozen doors, the faces behind them were anything but cookie cutter. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "She famously flipped off the president. Now Juli Briskman is running for office.," 18 July 2019 The first step after your layers are baked and cooled is to remove the center from five layers with a cookie cutter. Ana Calderone,, "How to Make a Patriotic Sprinkle Explosion Cake for July 4th: Your Step-By-Step Guide," 3 July 2019

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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

cookie cutter


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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