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 These fluffy skillet pancakes are like supersize popovers, perfect for piling on tasty toppings like lemon curd and berries, or go savory with ham and cheese. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dutch Babies," 30 Apr. 2020 Well, Bryant Park is a pancake, the Statue of Liberty is something to throw at a cat. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: In Appreciation of New York City," 26 Apr. 2020 The area is a dry, flat-as-a-pancake lakebed with barely any vegetation or life. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Welcome to Earth, home to human-sized salamanders and skin-eating worms," 22 Apr. 2020 The celebration normally features a trail ride, pancake breakfast, Fourth of July Parade, carnival, fireworks, Wild West Art Show, and other community events. oregonlive, "2020 St. Paul Rodeo canceled because of coronavirus concerns," 1 May 2020 The pancake breakfast was likely one of many points of infection. John Eligonand Neil Macfarquhar,, "Coronavirus devastates Detroit police, from the chief on down," 20 Apr. 2020 The pancake breakfast was likely one of many points of infection. John Eligon, New York Times, "Coronavirus Devastates Detroit Police, From the Chief on Down," 20 Apr. 2020 All teens should know how to make a stack of tasty pancakes. Amy Dicknson, Detroit Free Press, "Wonderful grandson is terrible at the table," 28 Feb. 2020 All teens should know how to make a stack of tasty pancakes. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Lovely grandson comes with horrible table manners," 28 Feb. 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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Cite this Entry

“Pancake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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