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3 definitions found
 for fortune cookie
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fortune cookie
      n 1: thin folded wafer containing a maxim on a slip of paper

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  fortune cookie
   n.
  
      [WAITS, via Unix; common] A random quote, item of trivia, joke, or maxim
      printed to the user's tty at login time or (less commonly) at logout time.
      Items from this lexicon have often been used as fortune cookies. See {
      cookie file.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  fortune cookie
  
     ({WAITS, via the Unix "fortune" program) A quotation, item
     of trivia, joke, or maxim selected at random from a collection
     (the "{cookie file") and printed to the user's tty at login
     time or (less commonly) at logout time.
  
     There was a fortune program on TOPS-20.
  
     [First program?]
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-02-14)
  

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