fortune cookie

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

Origin:
1960–65

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fortune cookie definition


(WAITS, via the Unix "fortune" program) A quotation, item of trivia, joke, or maxim selected at random from a collection (the "cookie file") and printed to the user's tty at login time or (less commonly) at logout time.
There was a fortune program on TOPS-20.
[First program?]
[Jargon File]
(1995-02-14)

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Example sentences
Messages written on colored paper were tucked inside the fortune cookie-style candy.
Maybe he got a bad fortune cookie when he went to one of their apartments.
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