Etymology
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cookout (n.)

also cook-out, "outdoor gathering at which food is cooked," 1930, American English, from the verbal phrase, from cook (v.) + out (adv.).

updated on March 21, 2018

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Definitions of cookout from WordNet

cookout (n.)
an informal meal cooked and eaten outdoors;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.