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 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,, "We tried 5 Bay Area restaurant meal kits created for coronavirus shelter in place," 1 May 2020 Or, use roasted tofu cut into matchsticks to keep this recipe vegan. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Summer Rolls," 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, "This contemporary art exhibition in Dakar tackles African migration and reframes colonization," 13 Feb. 2020 Working in batches, stack the lemon discs in piles of 3-4 and slice into matchsticks. Christian Reynoso,, "Bounty: New recipe column from Zuni Cafe chef celebrates best of California," 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, "How our newest movie-dining options - Silverspot and Movie Tavern - stack up in meal quality," 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, "The biggest gaseous structure in our galaxy is filled with baby star factories," 8 Jan. 2020 In some areas, this fire has left little more than matchsticks and ash. National Geographic, "60 hours on burning Kangaroo Island," 17 Jan. 2020 One of the staff, describing the lush green hills that now surround the property, recalled how the trees, entirely stripped of their greenery, resembled tiny matchsticks jutting from the brown earth. Lauren Decarlo, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rosewood Little Dix Bay: First In," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of matchstick

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Matchstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of matchstick

: the wood or paper part of a match

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