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

With Nam Vo's precision powdering tips, your skin is sure to look less like a pancake and more like a perfectly dewy dumpling. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You Should Always Apply Setting Powder With a Small Brush," 9 Nov. 2018 And thank goodness for that, because who doesn’t enjoy a good buckwheat pancake from time to time? Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 17 July 2018 From the coolest shops to the best pancakes and must-stroll parks, consider the below a bucket list for your first trip to the city. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hotel Will Make All The Fashion Girls Flock to Amsterdam," 15 Nov. 2018 And with everything from pad thai with prawns to blueberry-crumble pancakes, this is also one of the best brunch places in the city. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Its weekend Creole brunch includes American favorites such as pancakes, along with Haitian specialties including Mayi Moulin—cornmeal mush served with avocado or fish—and the always popular spaghetti with hot dogs. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New York City’s ‘Little Haiti’ Makes a Big Impression," 31 July 2018 The restaurant’s early menu has organic pancakes, waffles and oatmeal served with fresh fruits and nuts. Kyle Arnold,, "6 new things to check out in Winter Garden and 3 coming soon," 13 July 2018 Perk Eatery Fuel up with the Red, White and Blue Pancake special ($13.99): pancakes are packed with plump blueberries and topped with fresh strawberries and sweet vanilla cream. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Typical breakfast items such as pancake, omelettes and breakfast burritos dominate the early-morning menu. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Card room with attached restaurant opens in Rancho Cordova," 27 June 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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