1. <World-Wide Web> HTTP cookie.
2. <protocol> A handle, transaction ID, or other token of agreement between cooperating programs. "I give him a packet, he gives me back a cookie".
The ticket you get from a dry-cleaning shop is a perfect mundane example of a cookie; the only thing it's useful for is to relate a later transaction to this one (so you get the same clothes back).
(01 Mar 1997)
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