mat·​zo | \ ˈmät-sə How to pronounce matzo (audio) also -(ˌ)sō\
variants: or matzoh
plural matzoth\ ˈmät-​ˌsōt How to pronounce matzoth (audio) , -​ˌsōth , -​sōs \ or matzos or matzohs\ ˈmät-​səz How to pronounce matzohs (audio) , -​səs also  -​ˌsōz \

Definition of matzo

1 : unleavened bread eaten especially at the Passover
2 : a wafer of matzo

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On April 1, 1999, at a Passover Seder, Jane ate a bite of the matzo and the maror, the bitter herbs, the bread of life and the bitterness of affliction. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Lingering of Loss," 1 July 2019 Haggard shoppers, their steel carts overflowing with fruit, milk, fish, matzo and loaves of bread, wait to scan their purchases. Jessica Gelt,, "The kids’ review of the new Cayton Children’s Museum: Sticky thumbs up," 30 June 2019 Despite its age, the Highland Park institution, famous for its from-scratch matzo and chicken soup, hot reuben sandwiches, potato latkes and more, shows no signs of slowing down. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Cecil’s Delicatessen marks 70 years of serving up matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and more," 27 June 2019 Eating matzo commemorates the Jewish slaves who fled Egypt 3,000 years ago and had to live off unleavened bread because there was no time to let the dough rise. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "6 Passover Desserts," 1 Nov. 2013 Make any leftover matzo disappear with a delicious and cheesy spin on lasagna. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cheesy Baked Spinach and Feta Casserole," 7 Mar. 2019 Eating matzo—the bread of affliction—and horseradish, Jews gather at the ceremonial Seder to recall their enslavement under Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Ruth R. Wisse, WSJ, "To Appreciate Freedom, Remember Slavery," 29 Mar. 2018 The one exception is matzo, a flat, unleavened bread made with flour that a rabbi has blessed. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "6 Passover Desserts," 1 Nov. 2013 Not all the matzo products are kosher for Passover. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Matzo S’mores: Brilliant? Or Brooklyn?," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of matzo

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for matzo

Yiddish matse, from Hebrew maṣṣāh

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English Language Learners Definition of matzo

: a dry, thin bread eaten especially by Jewish people at Passover

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