- an individual cup-shaped quick bread made with wheat flour, cornmeal, or the like, and baked in a pan (muffin pan) containing a series of cuplike forms.
- English muffin.
Origin of muffin
- British a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter
- US and Canadian a small cup-shaped sweet bread roll, usually eaten hot with butter
Word Origin and History for muffin pan
"light, small cake made with eggs," 1703, moofin, possibly from Low German muffen, plural of muffe "small cake;" or somehow connected with Old French moflet "soft, tender" (said of bread). Muffin top in reference to waistline bulge over tight, low jeans is attested by 2005, from resemblance to baked muffins from a tin.