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[kreyp; for 2 also krep or, French, krep] /kreɪp; for 2 also krɛp or, French, krɛp/
noun, plural crêpes
[kreyps; for 2 alsokreps or, French, krep] /kreɪps; for 2 alsokrɛps or, French, krɛp/ (Show IPA)
crepe (defs 1, 2).
crepe (def 3).
< French; see crepe
Can be confused
crap, crape, crepe, crêpe, crept. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crêpe
  • The don't-miss dessert: a mango sticky rice crepe drenched in chocolate sauce.
  • Remove the crepe to a plate and make the remaining batter.
  • Use a cast iron or nonstick skillet, a crepe pan or griddle.
  • The crispy rice flour crepe is made yellow by turmeric and sometimes sweetened with coconut milk.
  • Fold the crepe in half, then fold the crepe in half again.
  • Choose from the cafe's selection of baked goods or order a sweet crepe.
  • Wool blend fabrics, such as gabardine or crepe, and microfiber tend to resist wrinkles more than other fabrics.
  • Crepe paper is also typically, but not exclusively, produced as streamers in roll form and packaged in plastic bags.
  • To cook crepes, heat a well-seasoned crepe or non-stick omelette pan over medium heat.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
British Dictionary definitions for crêpe


  1. a light cotton, silk, or other fabric with a fine ridged or crinkled surface
  2. (as modifier): a crepe dress
a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning
a very thin pancake, often rolled or folded around a filling
(transitive) to cover or drape with crepe
Word Origin
C19: from French crêpe, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for crêpe



1797, from French crêpe, from Old French crespe (14c.), from Latin crispa, fem. of crispus "curled, wrinkled" (see crisp (adj.)). Meaning "small, thin pancake" is from 1877. Crepe paper is first attested 1895.

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Encyclopedia Article for crêpe


("crisped," "frizzled," or "wrinkled"), any of a family of fabrics of various constructions and weights but all possessing a crinkled or granular surface achieved through weaving variations, chemical treatment, or embossing. The fabric is usually woven with crepe yarn, a hard-twist yarn produced either with a higher number of twists per inch than ordinary yarn or with alternate "S" and "Z" twists. In the "S" twist the twist of the yarn resembles the centre part of the letter "S"; in the "Z" twist the resemblance is to the centre part of the letter "Z"; these are sometimes referred to as left-hand and right-hand twists. One variation is to leave out certain risers (interlacings of warp over filler threads) present in plain weave in order to increase the float of yarn from one to three (see also weaving).

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