May 08, 2016
- brownie (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a good-natured elf believed to perform helpful services at night 2 (capitalized) : a member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America from six to eight years of age3 : a small square or rectangle of rich usually chocolate cake often containing nuts
- How do you use it?
- For Mother's Day, we made Mom a special dinner, followed by her favorite dessert, a warm brownie with mocha ice cream.
- Are you a word wiz?
The word "brownie" came into use at about the same time that a new century was dawning. When do you think "brownie" first appeared?"Brownie" first appeared in English around the year 1500, but its early uses had nothing to do with the luscious chocolate treat. The earliest sense of "brownie" meant "a helpful elf." Originating in Scottish belief, these elves were thought to be tiny and brown in color, hence their name. The branch of the Girl Scouts known as "Brownies," founded in the early 1900s, also got its name because of the brown-colored uniforms the girls wear. The name for the tasty cake known as the "brownie" arrived on the scene around the same time as the young Girl Scout group.