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Meaning of cakewalk

cake•walk

Pronunciation: (kāk'wôk"), [key]
— n.
  1. (formerly) a promenade or march, of black American origin, in which the couples with the most intricate or eccentric steps received cakes as prizes.
  2. a dance with a strutting step based on this promenade.
  3. music for this dance.
  4. something easy, sure, or certain.
—v.i.
  1. to walk or dance in or as if in a cakewalk.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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