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Brownie Syllabification: Brown·ie
Pronunciation: /ˈbrounē/

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.


brownie point

ˈbrounē ˌpoint 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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