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Brownie Line breaks: Brownie
Pronunciation: /ˈbraʊni/

Definition of Brownie in English:

noun (plural Brownies)

1 (the Brownies) The junior branch of the Guide Association, for girls aged between about 7 and 10, wearing a brown uniform: for my birthday I want to join the Brownies
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  • Members of the Girl Guides and the Brownies provided the entertainment for the evening.
  • Girls wishing to join Brownies should attend on Thursday 22nd.
  • Mrs Griffiths said: ‘In the Brownies, as well as doing their badges, the girls learn do research for themselves.’
1.1 (British also Brownie Guide) A member of the Brownies: she wanted to be a Brownie but her daddy wouldn’t let her
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  • 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 chocolate cake, with nuts.
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  • 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.
2.1Australian /NZ A piece of sweet currant bread.
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  • It's an ideal arrangement and the dinner was also delicious - homemade Thai green curry and rice followed by freshly baked brownies and sugar strawberries.
  • Mum asked me to cook some brownies and add extra walnuts.
  • I got home before him and I was sitting in the kitchen, eating peanut brownies, when William staggered in with the baby.
3 (brownie) A benevolent elf that supposedly haunts houses and does housework secretly.
[Diminutive of brown; a ‘wee brown man’ often appears in Scottish ballads and fairy tales]
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.


brownie point

Pronunciation: /ˈbraʊni ˌpɔɪnt/
informal , humorous An imaginary award given to someone for an attempt to please: his policy will win brownie points with voters
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  • 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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