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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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 The initial recipe for the pancake mix was the brainchild of Chris Rutt, a former editorial writer for the now-defunct St. Joseph Gazette. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Aunt Jemima model Nancy Green didn't create the brand," 30 June 2020 Turn pancake when top is covered with bubbles and edges appear cooked. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Top pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb sauce loaded with vitamin C," 26 June 2020 In 1964, New York artist Joe Overstreet painted Aunt Jemima tossing a hand grenade and blazing away with an assault rifle amid a pancake shower. Los Angeles Times, "Review: @museummammy knows a thing or two about art. Listen up," 19 June 2020 The brand was formed in 1889 after owners Chris Rutt and Charles Underwood developed the pancake mix. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Reports: Aunt Jemima brand is changing its name and removing the namesake Black character," 18 June 2020 Aunt Jemima syrup and pancake mix are getting a makeover. Mark Heim |, al, "Aunt Jemima to change name; Quaker Oats says image ‘based on a racial stereotype’," 17 June 2020 The Aunt Jemima name and image are being pulled from Quaker Oats’ famed pancake mix boxes, but the basis for the original Aunt Jemima — based on a Kentucky native — hasn’t been pictured for years. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Aunt Jemima's image pulled from boxes, putting an end to a story that began in Kentucky," 17 June 2020 The Aunt Jemima character will be removed from the packaging of its syrups and pancake mixes starting in the fall. cleveland, "Aunt Jemima brand finally admits racist origins, will change name and logo," 17 June 2020 The pancake brand, which originated in 1889, has long featured the image of a Black character named Aunt Jemima, which was inspired by a minstrel song and was often seen as symbolizing slavery. Katie Reilly, Time, "Quaker Oats: Aunt Jemima Brand Is 'Based on Racial Stereotype,' Will Change Name and Packaging," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Chris Ross,, "Stovetop recipe for tender Brussels sprouts," 2 Dec. 2019 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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6 Jul 2020

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“Pancake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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