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 The yield will vary depending on the size and shape of your cookie cutter. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut into star shapes. USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2021 Roll dough into a ¼-inch thick rectangle or square and cut into shapes using a cookie cutter or a knife. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2021 Setting a round cookie cutter over a drop cookie and gently sliding it around in a circle can even out the round, and the dull side of a butter knife can be used to gently nudge a square cookie back into shape. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Trace holly leaf cookie cutter (for leaves) onto heavy piece of paper and carefully cut out shape, keeping stencil intact. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 21 Oct. 2021 Not only that, but also shedding light on the fact that families aren’t always cookie cutter or perfect. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021 Sandwiches were often cut out with a seasonal cookie cutter! Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2021 Using a 1¾-inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021

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1922, in the meaning defined above


1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Cookie-cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie-cutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: 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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