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brownie

[ brou-nee ]
/ ˈbraʊ ni /
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noun

(in folklore) a tiny, fanciful, good-natured brown elf who secretly helps at night with household chores.
a small, chewy, cakelike cookie, usually made with chocolate and containing nuts.
Australian. a bread with currants, baked in a camp oven.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a member of the junior division of the Girl Scouts or the Girl Guides, being a girl in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade and usually between 6 and 8 years old.

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Origin of brownie

First recorded in 1520–30; brown + -ie; in folkloric sense, originally Scots

synonym study for brownie

1. See fairy.
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British Dictionary definitions for brownie (1 of 2)

brownie
/ (ˈbraʊnɪ) /

noun

(in folklore) an elf said to do helpful work at night, esp household chores
a small square nutty chocolate cake
Australian history a bread made with currants

Word Origin for brownie

C16: diminutive of brown (that is, a small brown man)

British Dictionary definitions for brownie (2 of 2)

Brownie
/ (ˈbraʊnɪ) /

noun

another name for Brownie Guide
trademark (formerly) a popular make of simple box camera
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