Definition of bannock in English:



  • A round, flat loaf, typically unleavened, associated with Scotland and northern England.

    • ‘For anyone who perceives Scotland's heritage in a broader sense than bannocks and Braveheart, the destruction of this unique collection would be a national cultural catastrophe.’
    • ‘We were flipping bannocks and oatcakes on girdles centuries before sun-dried-tomato ciabatta was invented.’
    • ‘My bread preference is Selkirk bannock, but you can use panettone instead.’
    • ‘In Scotland, the bannock was pre-eminently made with barley (or bere meal, bere being a primitive form of barley that does better in acid soils); in England, more often of oats.’
    • ‘From the Indians, they learned how to make bannock, a simple bread composed of flour, lard and water, which could be cooked over an open fire.’
    • ‘This plain bannock is essentially a large round scone.’
    • ‘Every time you want to eat something besides bannock, you have to fish.’
    • ‘Larga also provides guests with a northern menu of food such as bannock, caribou stew and fish.’
    • ‘But thanks to an unknown teahouse owner's creative imagination, it was rolled between a bannock and eaten like a crispy sandwich.’
    • ‘And then, with more tea and bannocks all round, they told him about the night the helicopter crashed.’
    • ‘Governed by Spiritual Law, the fire was respected and offered prayers, tobacco, and occasionally foods like dry meat, fish, and bannock.’
    • ‘This should have satisfied me but I couldn't resist the Scottish fruit loaf otherwise known as bannock.’
    • ‘According to The Scotsman of 20th August, 1901, the sieved powder from crushed malt could be kneaded into tiny bannocks, baked on a griddle.’
    • ‘There is marmalade - and jam made from Scottish strawberries or raspberries - and in the bread bin beside the granary loaf are some oatcakes and barley bannocks.’
    • ‘Pauline Alainga rustled up a batch of yummy bannock in the bannock-making competition.’
    • ‘A traditional bread, bannock, was made while trapping or living in camps.’
    • ‘The savory wild meat meal consisted of bannock, white fish, salmon, moose, shish kebabs, pasta salad, Caesar salad, and baked potatoes with fruit tarts for dessert.’
    • ‘As I sat in his farmhouse, discussing native sheep, Eunson told me about success of the cold mutton (roasted, but still pink and moist) and bere bannocks that he took to a recent UK Slow Food AGM.’
    • ‘Special harvest breads were made and these too vary as one moves round the country, from the rich saffron breads of Cornwall to the bannocks of Scotland.’
    • ‘Instead of making his usual gruff request for leftover bannock and tea, Korgak smiled and told his sister that he hadn't touched alcohol for three weeks.’


Old English bannuc, of Celtic origin; related to Welsh ban, Breton bannac'h, banne, and Cornish banna ‘a drop’.