cookout

[kook-out]
noun
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.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or intended for use or consumption at a cookout.
Also, cook-out.


Origin:
1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase cook out

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cookout (ˈkʊkˌaʊt)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) a party where a meal is cooked and eaten out of doors

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cookout
1947, Amer.Eng., from cook (v.) + out.
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Example sentences
The event also features a cookout, prizes and gifts.
Whether it's a family reunion buffet or community cookout, learn how to cook
  and serve food safely and avoid food-borne illness.
Days are getting warmer and baseball season is in full swing-all signs that the
  summer cookout season is here.
Programs are free and held at the cookout shelter unless otherwise noted.
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