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chocolate brownies (sense 1)
 
mythical brownies (sense 2)

EtymologyEdit

From brown +‎ -ie (diminutive suffix).

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brownie (plural brownies)

  1. (cooking) A small square piece of rich cake, usually made with chocolate.
    • 2000, Lori Gottlieb, Stick Figure: a diary of my former self, page 173,
      [] if she ever found out she was dying, she'd just eat brownies all day and night until the very end.
    • 2005, Aaron Lazare, On Apology, unnumbered page,
      On a Saturday afternoon, my wife bought her favorite treat for dessert that evening, a gourmet, nut-filled brownie.
    • 2005, Steve Otto, Memoirs of a Drugged-Up, Sex-Crazed Yippie, page 228,
      After cooking the brownies until we could smell the pot, we each ate a large brownie.
  2. (folklore) A mythical creature, a helpful elf who would secretly do people's housework for them.
    • 1908, Dinah Craik, The Adventures of A Brownie.
    • 1985, The Encyclopedia Americana, Volume 1, page 636,
      Stories were told of a brownie riding horseback to fetch the midwife at childbirth or helping his master to win at checkers.
    • 2004, Justin Hocking, Jeffrey Knutson, Jared Jacang Maher (editors), Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End, page 37,
      There are no brownies in my house, though. I know because there's always a pile of dishes in the sink.
  3. (paganism) A household spirit or revered ancestor.
  4. Any of various lycaenid butterflies of the Eurasian genus Miletus.
  5. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A tall, long-necked beer bottle, made from brown coloured glass.
  6. (ethnic slur, offensive) A person of Arab, Indian or Hispanic descent. Also rarely used for a Native American or Pacific Islander.
  7. (US) A girl in the first level of girl scouts.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English brownie.

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brownie f (plural brownies)

  1. brownie (type of small chocolate cake)

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English brownie.

NounEdit

brownie m (plural brownies)

  1. brownie (type of small chocolate cake)

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English brownie.

NounEdit

brownie m (plural brownies)

  1. brownie