cook·ie-cut·ter | \ˈku̇-kē-ˌkə-tər \

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

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Cut out watermelon slices using your cookie cutter, set aside. Jennifer Mcclellan, ajc, "6 colorful Fourth of July recipes to make your party sparkle," 4 July 2018 Cut out watermelon slices using your cookie cutter, set aside. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 This is because Zeichner would be extracting the sample by using a punch tool, which is basically a tiny cookie cutter that takes out a cylinder of skin from the core of the mole. Marci Robin, Allure, "Beauty Mark Makeover: Why I Chose to Reduce the Size of My Mole Instead of Getting It Removed," 13 July 2018 Using floured cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place them on the prepared sheets. Woman's Day, "Basic Sugar Cookie Dough," 4 Nov. 2014 Using a 2-3/4-inch-round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and put on baking sheet, spaced 1 inch apart. Frank P. Melodia, Redbook, "Ginger Wafer Crisps," 4 Nov. 2010 Using gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Maureen Mccourt Boylan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four magical ways to keep the kids busy this holiday season," 5 Dec. 2017 Cut out 3-inch circles with a glass or cookie cutter. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Gardening provides inspiration," 29 June 2018 Her toolbox includes 100-plus cookie cutters (some antique, others purchased on Amazon, eBay and at her local kitchen shop) and a sharp knife for freehand work. Rebecca Powers,, "A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level," 19 June 2018

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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)

: 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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