cook·​ie | \ ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio) \
variants: or cooky
plural cookies

Definition of cookie

1 : a small flat or slightly raised cake
2a : an attractive woman a buxom French cookie who haunts the … colony's one night spotNewsweek
b : person, guy a tough cookie
3 cookie : a small file or part of a file stored on a World Wide Web user's computer, created and subsequently read by a website server, and containing personal information (such as a user identification code, customized preferences, or a record of pages visited)

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Examples of cookie in a Sentence

This recipe makes about two dozen cookies. She put a batch of cookies into the oven. Don't worry about her—she's a tough cookie. You are one smart cookie.
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Recent Examples on the Web The astronauts tested out baking temperatures and times with the five cookies. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, another first in space," 24 Jan. 2020 This year marks the first in some time that LUCK won’t be pairing beer with Girl Scout cookies — one of the restaurant’s most innovative and sought-after events. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "9 notable restaurants that closed* in Dallas in January 2020: Bolsa, the Common Table and more," 22 Jan. 2020 The morning outing, which will start with cookies and hot cocoa, is a 3-mile birding and nature hike that winds along the Verde River and the lagoons starting at the West Lagoon parking lot. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "New Year's hikes around Arizona: Here are 5 fun ways to welcome 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Tuning in on social media to see how celebrities are spending their Christmas and Hanukkah should be a holiday tradition right up there with baking cookies and watching Hallmark movies. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "All the Ways Celebrities Celebrated the Holidays in 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 Finish the meal with holiday cookies or the Brown’s famous bread pudding. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 10 places where you can get a holiday meal on Christmas Day in Louisville," 19 Dec. 2019 Fuel up first with cookies and cocoa at Township Hall, 83 North Main St. then head outside and down the street for the festivities. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Celebrate the year end but not a new decade: Valley Views," 18 Dec. 2019 Instead of having a day for cake that interrupts the tedium of February or April or August, my special day gets crammed into a month already overflowing with frosted cookies and Secret Santas. Sally Schwartz Higginson,, "Column: I can’t fight the feeling of Ebenezer Scrooge thanks to my December birthday," 12 Dec. 2019 So, get cozy with a cup of hot chocolate, fill a plate with Christmas cookies or other seasonal snacks, snuggle into the couch, and consult our guide to some bingeworthy holiday viewing. oregonlive, "Holiday 2019 binge guide: ‘The Morning Show,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and more series worth catching up on," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cookie

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cookie

Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

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The first known use of cookie was in 1703

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cookie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie

chiefly US : a sweet baked food that is usually small, flat, and round and is made from flour and sugar
computers : a file that may be added to your computer when you visit a Web site and that contains information about you (such as an identification code or a record of the Web pages you have visited)


cook·​ie | \ ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio) \
plural cookies

Kids Definition of cookie

: a small sweet cake

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to assert without proof or before proving

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