ˈmä-chə How to pronounce matcha (audio)
plural matchas
: a green powder made from ground green tea leaves that is used to make tea and other beverages and as a flavoring agent
Our meal began with matcha, the traditional green tea of the tea ceremony. The powder is spooned into a ceramic bowl, hot water added and the mixture whisked to a frothy jade.Alan Brown
Walk into a coffee shop or peruse Instagram and you're sure to have seen a matcha latte.Alysha Witwicki
also : tea made from matcha
At the time, he often experienced midafternoon malaise and began drinking hot matcha on his brother's recommendation. Jill Radsken

Examples of matcha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best part: The matcha still has all the health benefits of the mushroom coffee. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Try a soy matcha latte at Cafe Curuba in Coral Gables. Evan Benn, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Their other specialty is decorated mini layer cakes in flavors ranging from soy milk custard to Oreo to matcha grape. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 One departure from the standard donut shop model is the shop’s cute, chewy mochi donuts in flavors like matcha and powdery sugar. Zoe Baillargeon, Bon Appétit, 31 Aug. 2023 For others, the best days start with morning rituals like blending up a revitalizing smoothie, sipping on a green juice, or mixing up a matcha before heading to work. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 21 Nov. 2023 The matcha and cocoa not only provide flavor, but also create an interesting pattern of color. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 The creamy, vanilla-y base melts in your mouth while the matcha mixed in brings a nutty flavor and verdant hue. Jamila Robinson, Bon Appétit, 1 Dec. 2023 To create a matcha drink in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony style, the kit includes a stoneware bowl, bamboo whisk, whisk holder, bamboo scoop, and a tea sifter. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Japanese, from mat-, form in compounding of matsu "to rub, daub, paint" + cha "tea"

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matcha was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Matcha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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