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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More Americans plan to spend their Fourth of July holiday at a cookout, barbecue or picnic than plan to see fireworks or go to a parade, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Independence Day survey. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 But instead of pointing people who stop by her shop on their way to a cookout to already cold whites and pale rosés, Mead suggests something bolder: Tuck young, lighter reds in a cooler to go. Maggie Hoffman, Sunset, "8 Chilled Red Wines Perfect for Summer Sipping," 22 Jan. 2018 Any unused balance can be refunded after the event. *** What: A two-day festival and barbecue cookout with bands on three stages. Todd A. Price,, "Hogs for the Cause is back with more bacon and more beer," 20 Mar. 2018 Police said the shooting occurred while a neighborhood cookout was letting out at Westville Manor complex. Nicholas Rondinone,, "New Haven Police Probe Shootings That Hospitalized Four," 1 July 2018 The bottom two on each panel will then compete in a sudden death cookout and the two finalists who don’t make the cut will be sent home. Jessica Fecteau,, "PEOPLE Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle Surprises Contestants with a New Challenge on Food Network Star," 29 June 2018 Jennifer Shulte, the white woman who called the police on an Oakland, Calif., cookout was still No. 1 in the coaches’ poll. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Behold BeelzeBecky: White Woman Seen on Video Trying to Get Man Driving Through Her Neighborhood Killed," 21 May 2018 Nearby, the cookout with the bouncy castle continued. J.d. Capelouto,, "As children played nearby, four men are shot in Dorchester," 5 July 2018 The Vernon Senior Center held a summer cookout, to celebrate Independence Day, on July 5. Steve Smith,, "Vernon Seniors Celebrate 4th Of July," 11 July 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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