matchstick

noun
match·​stick | \ ˈmach-ˌstik How to pronounce matchstick (audio) \

Definition of matchstick

1 : a slender piece especially of wood from which a match is made
2 : something resembling a matchstick especially in slenderness cut a carrot into matchsticks

Examples of matchstick in a Sentence

Cut the peppers into pieces the size of matchsticks.
Recent Examples on the Web One quality in the Bassi Chardonnay in particular justified the Burgundian comparison: an aroma that smells like a matchstick that’s just been struck and lit. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2021 In the eastern province of Camarines Sur, a light tower snapped like a matchstick in a video uploaded by a local congressman. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2020 The directions suggested that the next course, chopped raw hamachi with mustard oil and seaweed, be plated in a ring mold, with purple daikon matchsticks and black lime salt sprinkled on top. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 1 May 2020 Or, use roasted tofu cut into matchsticks to keep this recipe vegan. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 10 Apr. 2020 The matchsticks, some of them lit, others yet to be ignited represent the Berlin conference of 1884-1885 and the eventual Scramble for Africa. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, 13 Feb. 2020 Working in batches, stack the lemon discs in piles of 3-4 and slice into matchsticks. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, 28 Feb. 2020 The aroma of truffle oil on what amounted to a garnish of matchstick frites was off-putting; even plain, regular fries would be so much better here. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2020 The Radcliffe Wave is about as long as those galactic matchsticks, suggesting that the wave itself might be the straight segment of our local galactic arm. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of matchstick

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of matchstick was in 1791

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“Matchstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matchstick. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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matchstick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of matchstick

: the wood or paper part of a match

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