cook·​ie ˈku̇-kē How to pronounce cookie (audio)
variants or cooky
plural cookies
: a small flat or slightly raised cake
: an attractive woman
a buxom French cookie who haunts the … colony's one night spotNewsweek
: person, guy
a tough cookie
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)

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The treats come in four flavors, including a no-bake oats and honey treat, chili and frozen strawberry treats and a cookie-like doggie biscuit also made with yams. La Risa R. Lynch, Journal Sentinel, 20 Dec. 2022 The cookie-cutter suburban development is not new — the form emerged in the postwar years, abetted by Federal housing and highway policies — but the scale and visual debasement of sprawl has accelerated dramatically. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2022 Press second cookie half, right-side-up, on top of each cookie. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 27 June 2022 The app will show where local Girl Scouts are hosting in-person cookie sale booths. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2023 Tobin Jack, 12 — tells PEOPLE while explaining her family's special cookie recipe. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 31 Dec. 2022 To make greatest use of the available resources, communities must differ from the cookie-cutter suburban subdivisions of the past, instead offering an array of housing styles. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Each cookie, tart and cake at Veniero’s is fashioned and finished by hand by one of the store’s 16 bakers. Reggie Nadelson, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 So personal data includes photographs where an individual is identifiable, cookie ID, Internet Protocol (IP) address, and location data. Nick Dedeke, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cookie was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or cooky
plural cookies
: a small sweet flat or slightly raised cake
cookie : a small computer file that contains information relating to websites a person has visited

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