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Definition of "cakewalk" [cakewalk]

  • Something easily accomplished: Winning the race was a cakewalk for her. (noun)
  • A 19th-century public entertainment among African Americans in which walkers performing the most accomplished or amusing steps won cakes as prizes. (noun)
  • A strutting dance, often performed in minstrel shows. (noun)
  • The music for this dance. (noun)
  • To perform a strutting dance. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cakewalk" in a sentence
  • "Some etymologists believe the term cakewalk and piece of cake and takes the cake came about when contest winners in rural areas of the United States were given cakes as prizes, for just about any competition."
  • "The only way McCainiac gets a "cakewalk" is if if it's Hill/McCain and Bloomberg jumps in (which is highly likely in that scenario)."
  • "Obama is a fighter ... no one thought it would ever have come to him being on the verge of the nomination, HIllary thouight it was going to be a cakewalk from the start."