Meaning of COOK in English


I. Cook, Captain James BrE AmE

(1728–79) a British sailor and ↑ explorer who sailed to Australia and New Zealand, and claimed the eastern coast of Australia for Britain. He also discovered several islands in the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii, where he was killed.

II. Cook, Peter BrE AmE

(1937–95) a British ↑ comedian , who had a great influence on British ↑ comedy and who is known especially for making humorous television programmes with Dudley Moore, with whom he first appeared in Beyond the Fringe when they were both at university. He also owned the humorous magazine Private Eye .

III. Cook, Robin BrE AmE

(1946–2005) a British politician in the Labour Party, who was Foreign Secretary (=the minister in charge of the UK's relations with other countries) from 1997 to 2001. He was leader of the House of Commons from 2001 to 2003 until he ↑ resign ed because he did not support the government's decision to go to war with Iraq.

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