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

Definition of matzo

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

Examples of matzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, their spiritual needs included Passover matzo, or unleavened bread. Avi Shafran, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 For the soup: While the matzo balls cook, preheat the oven to 450 F. Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2021 Southerners add dumplings, and for Jews … matzo balls. CBS News, 28 Mar. 2021 Use as little extra as possible so the matzo balls remain light and fluffy. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2021 Different Jewish communities have varying traditions and practices surrounding matzo. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021 During the seven or eight-day festival, all leaven, in bread or otherwise, is prohibited, and only matzo — unleavened bread — may be eaten, which symbolizes Hebrew suffering while in slavery and their ensuing deliverance and exodus. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2021 This menu is offered for dine-in (excluding the short rib and matzo) or offered for pickup and delivery between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Holly Baumbach,, 25 Mar. 2021 In place of bread, observant Jews eat the crackerlike matzo, which is made from wheat flour (and no yeast). Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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24 May 2021

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“Matzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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