pan·​cake | \ ˈpan-ˌkāk How to pronounce pancake (audio) \

Definition of pancake

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a flat cake made of thin batter and cooked (as on a griddle) on both sides


pancaked; pancaking

Definition of pancake (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to pancake
2 : to knock flat


\ ˈpan-ˌkāk How to pronounce Pan-Cake (audio) \

Definition of Pan-Cake (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a cosmetic in semimoist cake form

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Examples of pancake in a Sentence

Noun We had blueberry pancakes and sausage for breakfast. She wore sequins, false eyelashes, and pancake onstage.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rated as the nation’s No. 123 player and No. 7 guard, Christman played 103 total snaps, recording five pancake blocks as an offensive lineman. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Which Ohio State football commits stood out in Week 4 of high school football? Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 21 Sep. 2020 Last week: The Florida State commit caught 10 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown and also had four pancake blocks in a 35-25 loss to Bob Jones. Ben Thomas |, al, "How the A-List fared in Week 4: Auburn commits Lee Hunter, Armoni Goodwin shine," 17 Sep. 2020 Fatheree, committed to Texas A&M, graded 92 percent as a junior tackle, recording 46 pancake blocks. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend area gridiron talent shines on Touchdown Club teams," 14 Sep. 2020 In a medium bowl, whisk pancake mix and pumpkin pie spice. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "Our 12 favorite fall foods from Trader Joe’s," 5 Oct. 2020 After the run, a pancake breakfast will be served while the orchestra students perform. Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, "47 Halloween events around Phoenix scare up fun for all ages," 13 Sep. 2020 Ayesha Curry's Pancake-Battered Coconut Shrimp 1 cup pancake mix (such as Krusteaz), divided ½ tsp. Ana Calderone,, "Ayesha and Steph Curry Used to Order This Menu Item at Outback on Dates—Get Her Updated Recipe!," 24 Sep. 2020 The brunch menu features some sweet options such as French toast and a ricotta lemon pancake, but most brunch and lunch options are savory — think eggs Florentine, tartines, salads, sandwiches and Croque madame. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale has a swanky new destination for French comfort fare. Here's what to order," 24 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Cream of Wheat farina, Mrs. Butterworth syrup and Eskimo Pie ice cream treats continue to review their branding. cleveland, "Uncle Ben’s rice announces new name, commits to ‘more inclusive future’," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Chris Ross,, "Stovetop recipe for tender Brussels sprouts," 2 Dec. 2019 Watch him pancake the blitzer from Georgia in another. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "From picked on to punishing: The story of new Colt Quenton Nelson," 27 Apr. 2018 Cottage cheese can be baked into muffins and added to pancake batter — and no one will ever know. Martina Schimitschek,, "5 ways to add protein and fiber to Mom's, Dad's diet," 25 Apr. 2018 Braid each tail into a fishtail and then pancake out the sides for volume. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "42 Amazing New Ways to Wear Braids," 1 Feb. 2018 The lateral movement caused them to snap outward at the weakest point — the hinge joints — freeing the upper deck to pancake down onto the lower one. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "The deadliest bridge collapses in U.S. history," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pancake


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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22 Oct 2020

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“Pancake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pancake

: a thin, flat, round cake that is made by cooking batter on both sides in a frying pan or on a hot surface (called a griddle)
: thick makeup worn especially by actors


pan·​cake | \ ˈpan-ˌkāk How to pronounce pancake (audio) \

Kids Definition of pancake

: a flat cake made of thin batter and cooked on both sides on a griddle

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