un·​leav·​ened | \ ˌən-ˈle-vənd How to pronounce unleavened (audio) \

Definition of unleavened

: made without leaven : (such as yeast or baking powder) : not leavened unleavened bread Literally "little cakes," tortillas are flat, unleavened rounds that can be made from either corn or wheat flour.Gourmet Magazine … a sober, serious chronicle unleavened by much imagination … or writerly flair …— John Rockwell

Examples of unleavened in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flat, unleavened rounds of delight date back at least 10,000 years in this part of the world — well before European explorers arrived. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Where to find the best tortillas on San Antonio's West Side: The 6 best tortillerías in that part of town," 24 Feb. 2021 During Passover, Jews eat matzo, a special type of unleavened flatbread, because other types of breads are forbidden to eat during the Passover celebration. Woman's Day, "What is the Meaning of Passover? Here's What You Need To Know About This Holy Holiday," 18 Feb. 2021 During the eight-day holiday, Jews are barred from eating leavened bread; instead, many will dine on unleavened matzo bread. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Oldest Leavened Bread Is Rising Again," 6 Apr. 2020 Highly interactive Passover meals, or Seders, include games for children, such as finding the afikomen, part of an unleavened wafer that is hidden, the discovery of which is often rewarded with a prize. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, "A virtual Passover may be the first for many, but Judaism has a long history of ritual innovation," 7 Apr. 2020 But many people are fearful of heading out to grocery stores to shop for some of the traditional foods of Passover, such as matzoh — the unleavened bread most commonly associated with Passover. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Passover traditions will be dramatically different for Jews during pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 There are many special foods affiliated with Passover, the most notable of which is matzo, or unleavened bread. Michael Perry, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus fallout: A (virtual) Passover unlike any other," 31 Mar. 2020 In their haste to leave Egypt, there was no time for dough to rise, resulting in unleavened bread called matzoh. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Passover, Moroccan Style: UW-Milwaukee student holds onto family traditions," 31 Mar. 2020 The unleavened bread is eaten at Passover, months later. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Hallmark’s Hanukkah movies are really Christmas movies about how Hanukkah is weird," 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unleavened

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Unleavened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unleavened. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unleavened

of bread : flat because of being made without yeast, baking powder, etc. : not leavened

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