mat·​zo ˈmät-sə How to pronounce matzo (audio)
 also  -(ˌ)sō
variants or matzoh
plural matzoth ˈmät-ˌsōt How to pronounce matzo (audio)
or matzos or matzohs ˈmät-səz How to pronounce matzo (audio)
 also  -ˌsōz
: unleavened bread eaten especially at the Passover
: a wafer of matzo

Examples of matzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apples and onions cook in a skillet with matzo soaked in an egg batter. Emma Phelps, Southern Living, 9 Sep. 2023 Manischewitz, the biggest matzo manufacturer in the country, raised prices on its kosher-for-Passover matzo by 10 percent to 15 percent this year, according to grocers, which means the loss on that loss leader just went up by double digits. Noah Sheidlower, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 When Passover begins at sundown April 5, Jewish people will retell the Exodus story over a ceremonial dinner called a seder, which includes the unleavened flatbread matzah, also spelled matzo or matzoh. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023 The search for the afikomen, a piece of matzo hidden earlier in the evening, is the Seder’s grand finale. Aliza Abarbanel, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Adding herbs on top of the matzo brei might be this recipe’s most radical, shock-your-bubbe tweak. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2023 Traditional Passover dishes include beef brisket and gefilte fish, as well as matzah or matzo, an unleavened flatbread that's specially made for Passover. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 5 Apr. 2023 Sometimes parents hide the piece of matzo, and children search for it. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2023 Those who observe Passover also eat matzo (or matzah), a special unleavened flatbread — both during the seders and throughout the week-long holiday. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Yiddish matse, from Hebrew maṣṣāh

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of matzo was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Matzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or matzoh
ˈmät-sə How to pronounce matzo (audio)
plural matzoth -ˌsōth How to pronounce matzo (audio)
or matzos or matzohs -səz How to pronounce matzo (audio)
: unleavened bread eaten at the Passover

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