cook·​ie | \ ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio) \
variants: or cooky
plural cookies

Definition of cookie

1 : a small flat or slightly raised cake
2a : an attractive woman a buxom French cookie who haunts the … colony's one night spotNewsweek
b : person, guy a tough cookie
3 cookie : a small file or part of a file stored on a World Wide Web user's computer, created and subsequently read by a website server, and containing personal information (such as a user identification code, customized preferences, or a record of pages visited)

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Examples of cookie in a Sentence

This recipe makes about two dozen cookies. She put a batch of cookies into the oven. Don't worry about her—she's a tough cookie. You are one smart cookie.
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Recent Examples on the Web There were several shortbread cookie recipes circulating online and TikTok. Laura Trujillo, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 For more delicious dessert recipes, check out our best chocolate desserts, favorite cookie recipes and easiest gluten-free treats. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 8 Oct. 2021 The new timeline allows the industry to engineer permanent solutions for third-party cookie alternatives versus the current band-aid solutions that AdTech and MarTech players have been grappling with. Sergii Denysenko, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Santa will get a chuckle out of the comic strip scene printed on this cookie tray. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Oct. 2021 Ed Beattie, who had been one of those cookie-loving children, authored an article about Joe for the September 1949 Alaska Sportsman. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 The cookie business seemed like the perfect chance for their younger son Jude to get his taste of entrepreneurship. Jenna Watson, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Oct. 2021 The remaining winner of the Big Tex Choice Awards was The Armadillo, a delicious cookie butter ice cream sandwich. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 26 Sep. 2021 New York City—no stranger to confection crazes in the prior decade with cupcakes and Cronuts drawing crowds—fell in love with the SoHo spot’s nutty chocolate chip cookie. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of cookie

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cookie

Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

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14 Oct 2021

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“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie

: a sweet baked food that is usually small, flat, and round and is made from flour and sugar
: person
: a file that may be added to your computer when you visit a Web site and that contains information about you (such as an identification code or a record of the Web pages you have visited)


cook·​ie | \ ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio) \
plural cookies

Kids Definition of cookie

: a small sweet cake

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