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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Synonyms for pancake

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Dairy Queen canceled Free Cone Day 2021, its annual first day of spring freebie, and IHOP flipped its National Pancake Day promotion from a one-day free pancake fest into a month-long promotion. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Other shareable snacks include beef tartare and a sesame garlic pancake served with avocado, chive and caviar. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 12 May 2021 When the edges of a pancake look dry and cooked and the surface is covered with holes, about 2 minutes, flip the cake. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 Thanks to the use of pancake optics, the screen can be closer to the lenses, for a very compact design. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 28 May 2021 At Babycakess, workers dressed up round, fluffy pancake balls with powdered sugar, whipped cream and Oreos; one of the owners had lost her job because of the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Or fish fries, barbecues and spaghetti or pancake dinners hosted by local cooks in support of churches, schools or scout troops. Korsha Wilson, New York Times, 27 May 2021 Stick to your usual order or try one of their latest creations, like the Lucky Charms or Cap'n Crunch cereal pancake stacks, available via takeout and delivery. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2021 Flip'd will have its own dedicated menu featuring breakfast items like pancake bowls, egg sandwiches and coffee, as well as lunch or dinner options like burrito bowls. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Try stirring some into an espresso or add some nibs to pancake batter; sprinkle on top of ice cream or yogurt for a bittersweet kick. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Mar. 2021 Some cookies could pancake, while others might turn out overly cakey. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 18 Dec. 2020 Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Chris Ross,, 2 Dec. 2019 Watch him pancake the blitzer from Georgia in another. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2018 Cottage cheese can be baked into muffins and added to pancake batter — and no one will ever know. Martina Schimitschek,, 25 Apr. 2018 Braid each tail into a fishtail and then pancake out the sides for volume. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, 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, 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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13 Jun 2021

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“Pancake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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