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 She mixed pancake batter with strawberry Nesquik and used a squeeze bottle to form coin-size pancakes on an electric griddle, cooking them to golden perfection., "Trending and tasty: 9 viral TikTok recipe hacks worth revisiting," 2 May 2021 These blenders can be quickly used for tasks like whipping cream or mixing pancake batter without dirtying another dish. Katy Severson,, "Countertop blender vs. hand blender: Which should I buy?," 11 Apr. 2021 Continue cooking the rest of the pancake batter like this. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pancakes for dinner? Try these crispy chickpea cakes adorned with lemony sour cream," 19 Mar. 2021 The mixture should be able to pour like pancake batter. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lebanese attavef with walnuts recipe," 1 Dec. 2020 Athletes can enjoy a blueberry pancake breakfast and a pint of U-pick blueberries at the end of their race. Patrick Connolly,, "Ready to run? Central Florida has upcoming beer 5K, mud run and more," 15 Apr. 2021 Palm Sunday breakfast: Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club had an outstanding drive-up Palm Sunday pancake breakfast. cleveland, "Snowy April 1 weather fools some; others just deal with it: Olmsted Dates and Data," 5 Apr. 2021 Veronica then gets Tabitha to agree to have Pop's sponsor the Bulldogs and throw a free pancake breakfast. Samantha Highfill,, "Riverdale recap: Archie and Veronica take on Hiram... again," 25 Mar. 2021 Experience an all-outdoor maple sugaring demonstration and take-out pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup included., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 12 Mar. 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, "Make these raw date-nut bites for a decadent no-bake, plant-powered treat," 11 Mar. 2021 Some cookies could pancake, while others might turn out overly cakey. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What Size Eggs Should You Use For Baking?," 18 Dec. 2020 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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8 May 2021

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“Pancake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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