Definition of pancake race in US English:

pancake race


  • A race in which each competitor must toss a pancake in a pan as they run, traditionally held in some places on Shrove Tuesday.

    • ‘It was his last pancake race at St Mary's and he said he wanted to go out with a clatter.’
    • ‘THE MP for Twickenham will compete in a pancake race in front of the Houses of Parliament on Shrove Tuesday to raise money for a brain injury charity.’
    • ‘The pancake race was first run in the town in 1988 with pancakes supplied, as they are today, by a local tea shop.’
    • ‘Each team competed in pancake races in the store as shoppers watched.’
    • ‘Youngsters enjoyed traditional pancake races and heard stories about Shrove Tuesday, which falls next week.’
    • ‘After the pancake making, the children went outside for pancake races.’
    • ‘Pancakes will be raining down on Bradford on Avon on Shrove Tuesday for the town's annual pancake race.’
    • ‘There is a pancake race in the village every year.’
    • ‘The Wiltshire Times battered the competition on Shrove Tuesday as the Trowbridge pancake race got under way.’
    • ‘One peculiarly English institution is the pancake race.’


pancake race

/ˈpænˌkeɪk reɪs//ˈpanˌkāk rās/