cook·​out | \ ˈku̇k-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cookout (audio) \

Definition of cookout

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

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So get yourself some popsicle molds and make these delightfully sweet and tangy pops for your next summer cookout. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "These 2-Ingredient Kombucha Popsicles Will Make Your Summer," 7 Aug. 2018 Included in the backyard are rolling lawns, another fireplace, a barbecue area, and enough space for a fun summer cookout. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "John Stamos’s Former Calabasas Mansion is Now On The Market For $4.1 Million," 9 Apr. 2019 But the time of observance is much more than an opportunity to host a cookout or get a day off work. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Memorial Day? Here's What You Need to Know About the Observance," 1 Mar. 2019 Sandy told Dateline that Chris and his co-workers were having a cookout on the night of August 12, 2017. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Texas man Chris Sanders vanishes while on a walk near his home," 12 Feb. 2018 For a casual vibe, check out Deckman’s, which is more lavish cookout than Michelin bistro—though chef Drew Deckman does have a star. Condé Nast Traveler, "A Perfect Weekend in Baja's Wine Country," 28 Sep. 2018 An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire at a Florida park filled with over 100 people -- including children -- for a Saturday back-to-school cookout, officials said. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Florida armed bystander stops gunman at crowded back-to-school event at park, police say," 6 Aug. 2018 Chambers told Wells that it had been caused by a piece of hot charcoal during a cookout. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "The mom's boyfriend said her son might grow up to be gay. Now he's accused of his murder.," 19 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of cookout

1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cookout

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


cook·​out | \ ˈku̇k-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cookout (audio) \

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

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