Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small cake baked in a cup-shaped container.

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  • n. A small cake baked in a paper container shaped like a cup, often with icing on top.
  • n. An attractive young woman.
  • n. Used as a term of endearment

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small cake baked in a muffin tin

Etymologies

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cup +‎ cake.

Examples

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  • Adorable!

    April 23, 2010

  • I knew you'd catch that reference, uselessness. ;-)

    September 27, 2007

  • We have our own dessert!

    September 27, 2007

  • "Cupcake is a term of endearment, but it can also be a rather mean-spirited word. "Cupcake teams" in sports are said to be soft and easily crushed. As food, though, cupcakes are democratic; everyone gets one. And they are libertarian; individual and independent compared with communal cakes, which may not have enough slices for everyone." --"Don’t Even Think of Touching That Cupcake," NYT, Sept. 23, 2007

    September 25, 2007