Definition of Pontefract cake in English:

Pontefract cake

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒntɪfrakt
 
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noun

British
  • A flat round liquorice sweet.
    More example sentences
    • Another traditional British liquorice confection goes by the name of Pontefract cakes, or Yorkshire pennies, little shiny black liquorice sweets, about 2 cm in diameter, stamped with an impression of a castle and an owl.
    • The monks met a confectioner who started to produce the Pontefract cakes as sweets, which are still sold today.
    • Monkhill Confectionery in Pontefract, which produces the town's famous Pontefract cakes, employs around 500 staff.

Origin

mid 19th century: named after Pontefract (earlier Pomfret), a town in northern England where the sweets were first made.

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