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Definition of cake

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1a : 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
2a : 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


caked; caking

Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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cakey \ ˈkā-​kē How to pronounce cakey (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cake

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Baskin Robbins is offering special Valentine’s Day card cakes. Leada Gore |, al, "Happy Valentine’s Day 2020: Best freebies, deals, discounts for day of love," 14 Feb. 2020 Charles Curtis does an important investigation into whether or not Tom Brady had some cake. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "MLB needs to dump commissioner Rob Manfred, like, right now," 13 Feb. 2020 The photos showed him as a child, dressed as Batman for Halloween, and grinning with his face covered in cake batter. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Steven Jones to be sentenced for 2015 NAU shooting," 11 Feb. 2020 For Sunday brunch, Bonobo has plates such as Belgian waffles with strawberries ($11), braised beef Benedict ($14) and lemon poppy cakes with honey yogurt ($11). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bonobo American Bistro in Shorewood weaves healthier options into its menu," 7 Feb. 2020 Look at the quark peach cake in the Austrian chapter. Beth Kracklauer, WSJ, "Why Après-Ski Is Passé," 6 Feb. 2020 This ignited huge protests and calls to action against McConnell and the impeachment process, with one company even sending all Republican senators coded cakes demanding that Bolton testify. Leora Yashari,, "“Reject The Cover-Up”: Anti-Trump Protests Are Taking Over The Country," 6 Feb. 2020 Challenge your friends or your date to go on every ride with you and reward yourselves with the ultimate amusement park food: funnel cake. Julie Pennell, Teen Vogue, "19 Fun Things to Do Outside, Wherever You Live," 6 Feb. 2020 In each episode, bakers have to transform Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, and more of those delightful seasonal cookies into show-stopping dishes and cakes. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Monday: Peter's 'golf cart mishap' explained on The Bachelor," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In those rare cases—when there’s just hardened, blackened, caked-on stuff—Dahmen will reach for a rotary tool with an abrasive buffer before swapping the attachment for one with softer nylon bristles. Katherine Martinelli, Popular Science, "The key to cleaning copper cookware is probably in your fridge," 24 Jan. 2020 Here, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, shares how to clean carpet from all-too-common stains, including red wine spills, caked-on dirt, and pet messes. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Carpet the Right Way, According to a Cleaning Expert," 13 Jan. 2020 The Iowa State Patrol said roads were caked with ice early Saturday when a semitrailer on Interstate 80 overturned, killing a passenger in the truck east of Iowa City . Juan A. Lozano, Anchorage Daily News, "Storms sweep southern U.S., Midwest as death toll rises to 11," 12 Jan. 2020 Their clothes are caked with salt from sweat, but someone is always willing to tell a story. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 By the end of each run, the walls, ceilings, floors, and nearly every nook and cranny of the intricate equipment were caked in powdery drug residues, say three former Mylan employees. Natasha Gilbert, STAT, "‘Dump it down the drain’: How contaminants from prescription-drug factories pollute waterways," 11 Dec. 2019 Hogs roll around wet areas to get caked with mud, which gives them relief from heat and biting insects. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Everything You Need to Know About Hog Hunting," 13 Jan. 2020 ColorCoral Keyboard Cleaner Universal Cleaning Gel Your keyboard is absolutely disgusting—caked with dust, chip dust, the works. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 100 most popular things everyone bought this year," 27 Dec. 2019 The black dust that caked Margaret Gordon’s Venetian blinds was the first bad omen. Rachel Swan,, "Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cake


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


1615, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cake


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

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

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet baked food made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and other ingredients (such as eggs and butter)
: a mixture of food that has been shaped into a ball or a flat round shape and baked or fried
: something that is shaped like a rectangular block



English Language Learners Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover something with an outer layer that becomes hard as it dries
: to become dry and hard


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Kids Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a baked food made from a sweet batter or dough chocolate cake
2 : a usually flat round piece of food that is baked or fried a crab cake rice cakes
3 : a substance hardened or molded into a solid piece a cake of soap


caked; caking

Kids Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : encrust His clothes were caked with dust.
2 : to become dry and hard The mud had caked on her boots.

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