pan·​cake | \ˈpan-ˌkāk \

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)

intransitive verb

: to make a pancake landing

transitive verb

1 : to cause to pancake

2 : to knock flat


\ˈpan-ˌkāk \

Definition of Pan-Cake (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a cosmetic in semimoist cake form

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Synonyms for pancake

Synonyms: Noun

flapjack, griddle cake, hotcake, slapjack

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Examples of pancake in a Sentence


We had blueberry pancakes and sausage for breakfast. She wore sequins, false eyelashes, and pancake onstage.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beside Pillsbury, Brynwood is also buying Hungry Jack pancake mixes, White Lily flour and cornmeal, Jim Dandy grits and Martha White cornbread among other baked good products, as part of the deal, the company said. Greg Trotter,, "Private equity firm to buy Pillsbury and other brands for $375M, open Chicago HQ," 9 July 2018 Eggs and pancakes won’t be served, as a wedding breakfast is historically a sit-down luncheon. Anne Chertoff, Glamour, "10 Royal Traditions You’ll See at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry'd Wedding—and Three You Won’t," 18 May 2018 The dish is sort of a hybrid between a traditional pancake and Rhode Island Johnny Cake, but not as dense as the latter. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 The powder makeup artist Nam Vo swears by, in particular, won't make your skin look like a pancake with powdered sugar on top. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The 11 Best Face Powders for Setting Your Makeup," 6 July 2018 But the menu looks familiar, with certain fan favorites revived: endive-and-Roquefort salad; a velvety chickpea pancake, topped with salty-sweet gravlax; wedges of lightly seared, crusted yellowfin tuna with red-pepper coulis. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 Nebraska’s topography isn’t all flat like a pancake but surprisingly diverse, from bluffs and buttes jutting out of the Plains to rolling hills. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Prongs of lightning sizzle in Nebraska’s summer sky," 15 June 2018 Refrain from tossing it around on the grill like a pancake. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 2018 The parathas are then flattened into a six-inch pancake, dry-fried in a flat pan, brushed with ghee, and fried again. Melissa Locker, Bon Appetit, "Watching ‘Wild, Wild Country’? Then You Need to See The Rajneesh Cookbook," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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The first known use of pancake was in the 14th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of pancake

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

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