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)

intransitive verb

: to make a pancake landing

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

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

Breakfast and lunch is served all day at Windmill Restaurant in downtown Holland, and favorites include the Birds Nest and pancake roll-ups. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 This quick Japanese cabbage pancake takes well to lots of variations and additions. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "When the fridge is (almost) empty, this adaptable Japanese pancake comes to the rescue," 2 July 2019 For breakfast, chef Sean Hale prepared blueberry doughnuts one morning with two kinds of quiche, and blueberry pancakes the next — along with an array of other fruit. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Glamping at The Fields in Michigan includes tents with electricity, bathrooms and wood-fired stoves," 28 June 2019 Along with having traditional Indian meals on the menu, such as biryanis, the restaurant also serves more classic American fare, including chicken wings and pancakes. Shannon Larson,, "Spice Venue, Ranch House Pizza aim to bring more options, attract locals to Hartford’s Asylum Street," 28 June 2019 Miller’s Beth, shrouded like Crowe in layers of rubberized wrinkles and pancake foundation, is a fascinating cipher of a dutiful wife, but one whose own prejudices neatly align with her husband’s. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Loudest Voice Stops Short of Revealing Roger Ailes," 27 June 2019 A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. Nick Ramsey, NBC News, "Drag's 'power of rebellion' is keeping Stonewall legacy alive," 26 June 2019 Parade and Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. pancake breakfast, Veteran’s Hall, 401 Highland Ave. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "July 4th 2019: Here are the SF Bay Area’s parades, fireworks and more," 20 June 2019 There’s nothing like pancakes to bring the family together. Hannah Chubb,, "The Crawford-Gerber Family Waited for a Table at IHOP and Then ‘Ordered Every Picture’ On the Menu," 18 June 2019

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 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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