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 Particularly in the Midwest modular and prefab construction have been used for single-family homes that in some cases are a little more cookie-cutter and in North Dakota during the shale boom for man camp workforce-type housing. Todd Nelson Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Rise Modular CEO aims to 'industrialize construction' with factory-built modular apartments," 18 Oct. 2020 Induction stove tops—those black panels etched with an array of cookie-cutter circles—are a more recent development, available commercially since the 1970s. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "How Bad Are Gas Stoves, Really?," 15 Oct. 2020 Certainly, these notions had little to do with Bone himself, who is a real, complicated individual, and not a cookie-cutter symbol. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Ken Bone and the Legend of the Undecided Voter," 14 Oct. 2020 What comes out is a semi-sweet cookie with a consistency closer to biscotti than shortbread. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "We're seeking your most treasured family holiday recipes. Why we want to share them in 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 Arrange in even layer and bake at 415°F until golden brown; let cool (cornbread should have crumbly, cookie-like texture). Sugar Hill Creamery, Woman's Day, "Sugar Hill Creamery Toasted Cornbread," 9 Oct. 2020 And a whopping six road courses for the elite Cup Series in an overhaul unveiled Wednesday that dumped some of the cookie-cutter oval tracks right off the list. Jenna Fryer,, "NASCAR at long last adds schedule variety with 2021 changes," 1 Oct. 2020 The national party largely ignored GOP voter suppression tactics in the states, even when GOP legislatures were gleefully passing cookie-cutter voter ID laws transparently designed to quash Democratic turnout. David Faris, The New Republic, "Four New Justices, No Matter What," 22 Sep. 2020 For California residents, the global privacy control, if enforced by the attorney general, would have a very different effect than existing privacy controls such as third-party cookie blockers. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cookie

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cookie

Dutch koekje, diminutive of koek cake

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The first known use of cookie was in 1703

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Last Updated

25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cookie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cookie

chiefly US : a sweet baked food that is usually small, flat, and round and is made from flour and sugar
computers : 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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