cook·​out | \ ˈku̇k-ˌau̇t \

Definition of cookout

: an outing at which a meal is cooked and served in the open also : the meal cooked

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Southwestern cuisine is served in the dining hall and on certain evenings, a cookout with live music, javelina sightings, and plenty of prickly pear margaritas replace a traditional dinner. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019 Last month at the same lake, a woman called police on a black family having a cookout at the park — a video of which also went viral and sparked nationwide discussion. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Oakland jogger destroys homeless man's camp in video, sparking outrage and support," 12 June 2018 People arrived at the cookout with food made with ingredients fresh from their gardens. Ai-jen Poo, Marie Claire, "How These Small Red-State Towns Are Teaming Up to Support Immigrant Families," 20 Aug. 2018 The emphasis on food and relaxation for the holiday has been recognized in the past, with cookouts and beach getaways depicted in Google Doodle drawings in the past. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "The Fourth of July Google Doodle Celebrates Each State's Most Popular Holiday Recipes," 3 July 2018 Following the parade, activities including cookouts and music are to take place at Lake Bluff’s Village Green in the afternoon. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest, Lake Bluff all set to celebrate Fourth of July," 26 June 2018 Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs act as host groups for the visiting teams, throwing barbecues and cookouts and making arrangements for fishing and hiking trips to the Grand Mesa and the Colorado National Monument. Richard Rosenblatt, New York Times, "A Baseball Binge With Small-Town Charm," 1 June 2018 Registration fee includes entry to the race, free cookout and a race T-shirt. The Courier-Journal, "50+ fun things for week of July 27-Aug. 2," 26 July 2017 Even at last weekend's cookout, the choice between a burger or ribs wasn't exactly clear cut. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: What's the Healthier Food Option?," 13 Aug. 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cookout

: a meal or party at which food is cooked and served outdoors


cook·​out | \ ˈku̇k-ˌau̇t \

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: a meal or party at which food is cooked and served outdoors

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