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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Today, the day is often celebrated with cookouts and family gatherings. Leada Gore |, al, "Labor Day 2019: Holiday history; What’s celebrated on Labor Day?," 2 Sep. 2019 Labor Day is often centered around cookouts and day drinking. Chris Morris, Fortune, "What’s Open (and Closed) on Labor Day 2019?," 2 Sep. 2019 There is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the eastern San Gabriels on Monday afternoon, and the air is likely to feel a bit more sticky during Labor Day picnics, cookouts and other outdoor holiday activities. Los Angeles Times, "Monsoon moisture could make for a humid Labor Day in Southern California," 31 Aug. 2019 The cleanup and cookout will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brooklyn Homes at 4140 10th St. Catherine Rentz,, "One Baltimore woman wanted recycle bins for her public housing community. She ended up getting much more.," 22 Aug. 2019 The march was capped off by a cookout and gathering intended to show support for victims and their families and encourage residents to work for peace in their neighborhoods. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fundraiser held for family of 3-year-old road rage victim Brooklyn Harris," 3 Aug. 2019 Tournaments like this can be fun for families to enjoy, and a summer weekend at the park with a cookout and some basketball can be a good time. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Dominique's Dimes: Louisville football players appear on board with Scott Satterfield," 18 July 2019 And for the rest of us in the states, were enjoying the summer rays and cookouts. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week," 12 July 2019 In short order, pitmaster Travis Heim and wife Emma Heim moved from hosting backyard cookouts (and apprenticing for Aaron Franklin in Austin) to launching in 2015 what would become the most popular barbecue trailer ever seen around Cowtown. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 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) \

Kids Definition of cookout

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

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