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’s Hatch chile ice cream, Hatch chile cookies, Hatch chile crab cakes, even a Hatch chile sushi with salmon. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "How Hatch Chile Season Became the Pumpkin Spice of the Southwest," 13 Sep. 2019 Instead of scooping up real estate properties, players in the new board game can jockey for groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women, including WiFi, chocolate chip cookies, bulletproof vests and solar heating, Hasbro said. Sarah Min, CBS News, "In Hasbro's new Ms. Monopoly, women earn more than men," 10 Sep. 2019 Yes, many railroads around the country offer excursions in their vintage trains complete with cookies, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa. Marlisse Cepeda, Country Living, "7 Christmas Train Rides That Will Make Your Holidays Merrier," 10 Sep. 2019 Apple dumplings, cupcakes, brownies, fritters, donuts (filled or not), cookies, gingerbread, dry baking mixes, and even fruitcake are okay to fly in the cabin. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can You Bring Food on a Plane? Your Guide to Airport Security and Food," 6 Sep. 2019 Follow along over the course of 10 episodes, and that’s 10 chances to try new cookie, pie, and cake recipes. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Netflix won’t let you binge-watch this show’s latest season, and it’s doing you a favor," 1 Sep. 2019 No-Bake Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Cookies These cookies, from Green and Keto, are a keto-friendly triple threat. Christina Oehler,, "6 Chocolate Desserts You Won't Believe Are Keto," 29 Aug. 2019 Then chocolate chip cookies (difficult to perfect). Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too," 24 Aug. 2019 Partygoers also appeared to snack on pizza and cookies, judging from food seen in Swift’s Instagram Story. Dave Quinn,, "Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff Celebrate Release of Lover with Cake and Champagne: 'It's Out!'," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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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