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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Mark Whitfield, whose 9-year-old daughter was killed last month after being shot at a community cookout in Richmond, called for a comprehensive approach to curbing gun violence, including combating drug use and alleviating concentrated poverty. Washington Post, "Virginia Democrats push gun control ahead of special session," 17 June 2019 The company frequently hosts casual days, cookouts, potlucks, team sports and tournaments. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Of course, by default, Dad usually becomes the one who has to mastermind the Father’s Day cookout, since the outdoor grill is traditionally thought of as his responsibility. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 Attendees can enjoy a free cookout, play corn hole and find out about the services and benefits the American Legion offers. Carol Kovach,, "Fairview Fleafest to set up shop on June 8: A Place in the Sun," 4 June 2019 This simple and summery cake is a light and elegant addition to any cookout spread., "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 Your Memorial Day weekend barbecue—and every summer cookout thereafter—just got a whole lot cooler, because smart grills are totally a thing now. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Summer Barbecue Isn't Complete Without Traeger's Smart Grill," 9 May 2019 Just a few hours earlier, four people were shot, one of them critically injured, about a half-mile away on Fayston Street, down the street from a holiday cookout where children were playing in an inflatable bouncy house, police said. Jerome Campbell,, "Boston police arrest suspect in slaying of man shot on Dorchester street," 10 July 2018 For the easiest ever cookout, make this flavorful pasta ahead of time, then keep it in your fridge until time to serve. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon Marinated Herb Pasta Salad," 20 May 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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