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The Collaborative International Dictionary

oreo \oreo\ n. A confection consisting of a white cream filling sandwiched between two chocolate cookies.

Syn: oreo cookie.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

derogatory word for "black person felt to have a 'white' mentality," 1968, black American English, from the snack cookies, which consist of dark chocolate wafers and white sugar cream filling (hence "brown outside, white inside"). The cookies (made by Nabisco) date from 1912; the source of the name has been forgotten.


n. chocolate cookie with white cream filling [syn: oreo cookie]


Oreo is a sandwich cookie consisting of two chocolate wafers with a sweet creme filling in between, and (as of 1974) are marketed as "Chocolate Sandwich Cookies" on the package in which they are held. The version currently sold in the United States is made by the Nabisco division of Mondelēz International. Oreo has become the best-selling cookie in the United States since its introduction in 1912.

Oreo (disambiguation)

Oreo most commonly refers to a cookie produced by Nabisco.

Oreo may also refer to:

  • Oreo (novel), a novel by Fran Ross
  • Oreosomatidae, a family of fish
  • Oreopithecus, an extinct primate of the Miocene epoch
  • Oreo (genus), a spider genus of the genus Gallieniellidae
  • Oreo Collins, a housecat who received a high school diploma
  • The Oreo, a sculpture on the Villanova University campus
  • Acronym for " Other Real Estate Owned," real estate a bank owns that has generally been acquired through foreclosure
  • Oreo cookie, a black person who "acts white" (black on the outside, white on the inside, like an Oreo cookie); see also Uncle Tom
  • Oreo O's, a discontinued cereal based on the Oreo cookie
  • A variant of Rock Paper Scissors in which the loser has to ask out a person of the winner's choice
Oreo (novel)

Oreo is a satirical novel published in 1974 by Fran Ross, a journalist and short-lived comedy writer for Richard Pryor. The novel, addressing issues of a mixed child, was considered "before its time" and went out of print until Harryette Mullen rediscovered the novel and brought it out of obscurity.

The book has since acquired cult classic status.

Usage examples of "oreo".

Stephen Oreo was responsible for that, too, though I never really knew.

Stephen Oreo asked me if I had obeyed that customary command from him.

But Oreo said it used supersonic vibration, tuned to stimulate the pain centers of the brain.

She told me that Stephen Oreo and his friends had brought me there about dawn.

Edward Oreo, seems to have found him, when he was just an infant, under peculiar circumstances.

Our investigators learned what we know about the finding of Stephen Oreo, from his old servants.

Edwin Oreo advertised discreetly for information, offering large rewards, but nothing was ever forthcoming.

Ceres in a space yacht, with the information that Stephen Oreo was himself the guiding spirit of the revolt, and that the fighting had begun when his conspirators attacked men in the Patrol.

Stephen Oreo had been organizing his new empire and dispatching his ultimatums without much haste, because he thought we were completely at his mercy.

Legion has seldom been broken, except by a few such men as the Pretender and Oreo himself.

Stephen Oreo, including the location of his prison, was kept in a vault hi the Green Hall.

Stephen Oreo got lazily to his feet and came strolling to that transparent, unbreakable wall.

He tried to hope that his haunting fear would somehow vanish, an illusion born of pain, when he met Stephen Oreo under these new circumstances.

He flung his head and looked sharply at Stephen Oreo, who was just setting down his empty glass, his attention still lost in the book.

He was aware that Stephen Oreo had laid aside the book, to watch him with a careless amusement.