Definition of cookout in English:



North American
  • A party or gathering where a meal is cooked and eaten outdoors.

    ‘a cookout for the entire town’
    • ‘Today, the restored teahouse once again plays host to tea-party fund-raisers, cookouts with friends, and children's parties.’
    • ‘The last day of camp, we have a lunch cookout and present the awards for the week.’
    • ‘Today, he said, he'll go to a family cookout, then watch the fireworks.’
    • ‘Now this doesn't mean you can't still enjoy summertime cookouts.’
    • ‘I slowed my step as I walked by, the smell of their cookout wafting through the air, pulling heavily on my hungry stomach.’
    • ‘He has led marches and organized concerts and cookouts to reach out to troubled youths in the neighborhood.’
    • ‘We're not much for picnics or cookouts, and frankly, any weekend can be a holiday weekend in the summer.’
    • ‘June, July, August - 92 days filled with no school, great weather, family reunions, vacations, ball games and cookouts.’
    • ‘There are also BBQ pits, showers, picnic tables, and this is just a great place to enjoy the beach, snorkeling, and a cookout!’
    • ‘Why do you guys have so many cookouts and dinners?’
    • ‘The kids and their mother came to spend the summer months fishing, hiking and having cookouts.’
    • ‘Gather your neighbors, have a cookout at night.’
    • ‘I remember going swimming with him and having cookouts in the park.’
    • ‘In the afternoon, temple members cooked Vietnamese food and brought it to a cookout at a community center for about 300 people who had tackled other jobs that day.’
    • ‘They lived in military housing, and his stepfather invited a lot of the single sailors to come over for cookouts and parties.’
    • ‘Last year, Americans held 3.1 billion cookouts across the country, up from 2.7 billion in 1995.’
    • ‘People in New England have the last cookout before it gets cold.’
    • ‘Every Fourth of July, after our holiday cookout, we'd gather as a mass in the yard with lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks.’
    • ‘Picture a healthy green lawn: perfect for lounging, great for ball games and cookouts, a real asset to your home.’
    • ‘You normally see them at backyard cookouts and other get-togethers.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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