cake

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noun

plural cakes
1
a
: a breadlike food made from a dough or batter that is usually fried or baked in small flat shapes and is often unleavened
b
: a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (such as baking powder)
c
: a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried
a fish cake
2
a
: a block of compacted or congealed matter
a cake of ice
b
: a hard or brittle layer or deposit
3
: something easily done
after so much studying, the test was cake

see also take the cake

cake

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verb

caked; caking

transitive verb

1
: encrust
caked with dust
2
: to fill (a space) with a packed mass

intransitive verb

: to form or harden into a mass

Examples of cake in a Sentence

Noun I made three cakes for the party. He blew out the candles on his birthday cake. a slice of chocolate cake Verb The mud had caked on his boots. shoes caked with dried mud
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In place of a towering cake, the newlyweds offered a dessert table brimming with Mexican and Samoan desserts. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 Writing the show that got Foster her first TV acting nod is just the icing on the cake for López, who grew up idolizing the actress. Katie Campione, Deadline, 17 July 2024
Verb
For one, wearing less makeup—especially in an area as mobile as the undereye—presents less chance of caking, creasing, and smudging throughout a day. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 5 July 2024 There had been kawaii art since the 1603 to 1868 Edo period, when cute motifs in Japanese prints and paintings abounded, including cats acting like people and puppies caked in snow frolicking under trees. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cake 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cake was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cake. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cake

1 of 2 noun
1
: a small piece of food (as dough or batter, meat, or fish) that is baked or fried
2
: a baked food made from a sweet batter or dough
3
: a substance hardened or molded into a solid mass
a cake of soap

cake

2 of 2 verb
caked; caking
1
: encrust
caked with dust
2
: to form or harden into a cake

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