Meaning of bannock in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbanək/


  • 1(in Scottish and northern English cooking) a flat, unsweetened cake made with oatmeal or barley flour and typically unleavened.

    ‘tablecloths are spread across the heather and weighed down with herring, scones, and bannocks’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then, with more tea and bannocks all round, they told him about the night the helicopter crashed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to The Scotsman of 20th August, 1901, the sieved powder from crushed malt could be kneaded into tiny bannocks, baked on a griddle.’
    • ‘But thanks to an unknown teahouse owner's creative imagination, it was rolled between a bannock and eaten like a crispy sandwich.’
    • ‘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 should have satisfied me but I couldn't resist the Scottish fruit loaf otherwise known as bannock.’
    • ‘My bread preference is Selkirk bannock, but you can use panettone instead.’
    • ‘Pauline Alainga rustled up a batch of yummy bannock in the bannock-making competition.’
    • ‘This plain bannock is essentially a large round scone.’
    • ‘A traditional bread, bannock, was made while trapping or living in camps.’
    • ‘Larga also provides guests with a northern menu of food such as bannock, caribou stew and fish.’
    • ‘Every time you want to eat something besides bannock, you have to fish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Governed by Spiritual Law, the fire was respected and offered prayers, tobacco, and occasionally foods like dry meat, fish, and bannock.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2mass noun (originally in indigenous Canadian cooking) a type of bread made with wheat flour, shaped into round, flat cakes and fried or baked.

    • ‘students can visit a community elder and grab some bannock’


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