fortune cookie


Definition of fortune cookie 

: a thin cookie folded to contain a slip of paper on which is printed a fortune, proverb, or humorous statement

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The goal was to train artificial intelligence to create the sort of generic messages that someone might find in fortune cookies. Peter Holley, The Seattle Times, "Roboticist trains AI to tell people their fortunes," 16 Oct. 2018 Moon also employs several of her iconic cultural images, such as the peach, identified in Chinese mythology as a symbol of immortality, and the fortune cookie — which actually originated in California but is identified as Chinese. Matthew J. Palm,, "Take home art by Jiha Moon at Mennello special events," 3 July 2018 Should poetry look like the zero-carb fortune cookies of Rupi Kaur? Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Verse case scenarios with ‘Poetry in America’," 25 Apr. 2018 Lindsay's rebellious teen character Anna literally wakes up in her mother Tess’s body thanks to a magical spell via a pair of fortune cookies, and vice versa. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "9 Best Mother's Day Movies," 10 May 2018 Carefully, Morris said, or the whole thing could fold up like a fortune cookie. Anchorage Daily News, "They’re making a ‘Flying Boxcar’ into a mobile coffee shop. Because it is too cool not to.," 11 Feb. 2018 Wonton dominates the national market in fortune cookies. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Jay McInerney Writes Your Fortune," 3 June 2017 Jay McInerney, the novelist, who lives in a penthouse just off lower Fifth Avenue, recently took a car to Wonton Foods, in Bushwick, to discuss the experience of writing fortune cookies. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Jay McInerney Writes Your Fortune," 3 June 2017 But part of his inspiration came from cracking open a fortune cookie. The Economist, "Prophets and profitsIn South Korea fortune-telling will soon be a $3.7bn business," 24 Feb. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fortune cookie

: a thin cookie served in Chinese restaurants that contains a slip of paper on which a message (such as a prediction about your future) is printed

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