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fortune cookie

noun
  1. a thin folded wafer containing a prediction or maxim printed on a slip of paper: often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants.
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Origin of fortune cookie

First recorded in 1960–65
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Word Origin and History for fortune cookie

n.

by 1955, said to have been invented in 1918 by David Jung, Chinese immigrant to America who established Hong Kong Noodle Co., who handed out cookies that contained uplifting messages as a promotional gimmick.

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