un·​leav·​ened ˌən-ˈle-vənd How to pronounce unleavened (audio)
: 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 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 For seven months, a tiny band of idealists dressed in brown linen dined on such spartan fare as unleavened bread, water and porridge. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 Made from flour, salt and water (and usually unleavened, except in some cases — such as Armenian lavash), the thin bread is made for topping, dipping, making sandwiches or tacos, scooping up dinner and more. Samantha MacAvoy, Good Housekeeping, 12 June 2023 Unsurprisingly, Matzah, which is a crisp, unleavened flatbread and an integral element of Passover, was most popular. Noor Adatia, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti squash is another great unleavened alternative for your Passover seder. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 7 Apr. 2023 The Seder features unleavened bread, eaten as a reminder of the haste in leaving Egypt during the Exodus. Greg Garrison | , al, 6 Apr. 2023 In addition, all chametz, or leavened, is removed from homes, and families only eat unleavened food items. Phillip Nieto, Fox News, 5 Apr. 2023 The traditional unleavened bread crisps up in the oven in only a few minutes. Elaine Johnson, Sunset Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unleavened was in 1530

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“Unleavened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unleavened. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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