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Brownie

Syllabification: Brown·ie
Pronunciation: /ˈbrounē
 
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Definition of Brownie in English:

noun (plural Brownies)

1A member of the junior branch of the Girl Scouts, for girls aged between about 6 and 8.
[so named because of the color of the uniform]
Example sentences
  • Maybe it's like being a Girl Scout or a Brownie and some how or other, you fly up and make it into Manipura just in the nick of time and you're headed home free before you know it.
  • When I was in elementary school in Colorado, I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout until the age of 12 when we moved to Kansas.
  • After serving as a Brownie and then a Guide with the Eastbrook Hall group in Bradford, she moved to St Stephen's at West Bowling where she became a Guide Lieutenant.
2 (brownie) A small square of rich cake, typically chocolate cake with nuts.
Example sentences
  • Like brownies, chocolate cake is loved by everyone.
  • If you're making your own pound cake, brownies or angel food cake for the chocolate fondue, get baking.
  • And the restaurant sells its own line of chocolate candies, brownies, and sumptuous dessert toppings from a retail counter up front.
3 (brownie) A benevolent elf supposed to haunt houses and do housework secretly.
[diminutive of brown; a “wee brown man” often appears in Scottish ballads and fairy tales; compare with Old Norse svartálfar, the dark elves of the Edda]
Example sentences
  • It wasn't often that Murdoch truly appreciated a practical joke but Johnny's contention that they had a leprechaun or a brownie in the house was too good to pass up.
  • Heathens also work with ‘hidden folk’ such as elves, brownies, dwarves and etins (giants and other not so pleasant folk).
  • In England the hobgoblin was as helpful a sprite as the brownie and was also known as Robin Goodfellow or Puck.

Phrases

brownie point

1
informal humorous An imaginary award given to someone who does good deeds or tries to please: his policy will win brownie points with voters
More example sentences
  • Let us be clear: this announcement is not primarily about increasing our aid to Iraq; it is all about scoring more brownie points in London and Washington.
  • Still, I'm very fortunate to be operating within an environment where a couple of hours taken off here and there to battle fascism actually earns you brownie points.
  • Poor Helena, fawning over Demetrius, decides to score some brownie points by telling him.

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