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or cook-out

[koo k-out]
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  1. a party or entertainment featuring the cooking and eating of a meal out of doors.
  2. the process of cooking and eating a meal outdoors.
  3. a meal cooked and eaten in the open.
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  1. of, relating to, or intended for use or consumption at a cookout.
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Origin of cookout

1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase cook out
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  1. US and Canadian a party where a meal is cooked and eaten out of doors
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Word Origin and History for cookout


also cook-out, 1930, American English, from cook (v.) + out (adv.).

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