mat·​zo | \ ˈmät-sə also -(ˌ)sō How to pronounce matzo (audio) \
variants: or matzoh
plural matzoth\ -​ˌsōt How to pronounce matzoth (audio) , -​ˌsōth , -​sōs \ or matzos or matzohs\ -​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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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 Arrange matzo on pan in single layer, breaking into pieces to fit if necessary. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Choco-Caramel Matzo Brittle," 30 Mar. 2016 Multiple Torah passages describe or command a duty to eat matzo or unleavened bread. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Steingold's is the Jewish deli of the future," 3 Dec. 2017 Each year before Passover, Mr. Leviev sends supplies of matzo, an unleavened flatbread, to Bukhara so that the few remaining Jews there can celebrate the holiday. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "In Bukhara, 10,000 Jewish Graves but Just 150 Jews," 7 Apr. 2018 The Renaissance woman also performs with the kid’s rock band the Jimmies and is the co-owner of the Matzo Project, an artisanal matzo company. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Get ready to shuffle at Chicago’s first shuffleboard club," 3 Apr. 2018 That means a few days worth of bunny ardor, eggs made of things other than egg, matzo, a brief window of acceptability for pastel clothing, and probably some church or temple. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "The Weekender: Lost dogs, emo foxes, and Easter bunnies," 29 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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