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 Using a 3-inch cookie cutter press out circles in the dough. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mini pumpkin pies can help Thanksgiving 2020 feel right," 23 Nov. 2020 And of course, because there's no one cookie-cutter grandmother (some grandmothers don't even own a cookie cutter), our picks run the gamut. Marci Robin, Allure, "19 Holiday Gifts Your Grandmother Will Love," 16 Nov. 2020 Cut out Sugar Cookie Dough using a seashell cutter for wings and a flamingo cookie cutter for body. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ice Cream with Flamingo Cookies," 16 July 2020 Use a cookie cutter to create stars, circles, animals, letters, numbers and more. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Pandemic Halloween party: Turning pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns with your pod…Plus snacks," 15 Oct. 2020 Use a 3-inch, round cookie cutter to create circular brownies. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "It's National Dessert Day! Make John Stamos' favorite gluten-free dessert at home," 14 Oct. 2020 Most of my inspiration came from driving around rural towns nice and slow, observing the ways people choose to configure their homes when not bound by HOA guidelines, strict building codes and cookie cutter development plans. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Set Up an Off-the-Grid Getaway," 8 Oct. 2020 Turn any ordinary pumpkin pie recipe into a gorgeous fall masterpiece with a miniature acorn cookie cutter ($5, Etsy). Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Gorgeous Pie Ideas to Steal for Thanksgiving Dinner," 3 Sep. 2020 Ours came quickly as the Gulbergs struck first, carding a pair of cookie cutter bright chinook. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Iconic fall chinook fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River was short, but sweet," 29 Aug. 2020

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1963, in the meaning defined above


1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Cookie-cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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