- A social event or gathering where food is cooked and served outdoors.
- An outdoor meal or party where food is cooked on a grill or campfire.
- An informal gathering where food is cooked and served outside.
The word "cookout" is likely a portmanteau of the words "cook" and "out", meaning to cook food outdoors.
- We're having a cookout this weekend, bring your own chair and a dish to share.
- The cookout was a great success, everyone had a good time.
- The cookout was held in the park and everyone brought their own meat to grill.
- They had a cookout at the beach and cooked fish they caught.
- The cookout was a family tradition, held every summer.