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

Examples of cookout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Camp cooks their burgers on a big charcoal grill, which brings backyard-cookout smokiness. Matt Wake |, al, "Topped with gravy and shrimp, these Huntsville fries rock," 9 Mar. 2021 There was a silent sit-in outside city hall, and a cookout on Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s front steps. Washington Post, "One Louisiana city refuses to take hurricane evacuees. Officials blame racial justice protesters.," 31 Aug. 2020 The mother, Crystal McNeal, had organized the cookout as part of her work for the District as a violence interrupter, trying to persuade young men and teenagers to put down their guns. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. police arrest suspect in killing of 11-year-old boy at anti-violence cookout, officials say," 9 July 2020 The Pahlavi family had moved to the tony Rumstick Point neighborhood three years ago, and had met the Gordons at a summer cookout, but otherwise had no contact with them. Globe Staff,, "Barrington man found guilty of disorderly conduct and assaulting his Iranian-American neighbor," 3 Feb. 2021 While the cookout, in the Cedar Gardens section of Anacostia, was winding down, five men began shooting in the street nearby, police said. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "14-year-old boy charged with murder in D.C. shooting," 9 July 2020 Gifts for the Grill Master Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker Make your backyard a cookout destination with this grill that reaches up to 700 degrees and provides 10 to 15 hours of cooking time. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide," 26 Nov. 2020 Herz has still been able to host DJs and twice a month holds a family cookout out on their patio to keep clientele coming back. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "'The Adversity They Face Is Amplified': How LGBTQ Venues Are Faring In the Pandemic," 18 Nov. 2020 In one scene a father pulls apart two brawling young boys at a cookout while other fathers passively stand by. Andrew Reiner, Washington Post, "Dads need to give sons the same compassion and nurturing they give their daughters," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of cookout

1941, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2021

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“Cookout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of cookout

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

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