or mat·zah, mat·zoh

[ maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw ]
/ ˈmɑt sə; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsɔ /

noun, plural mat·zos, mat·zoth, mat·zot [maht-suhz; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsohs]. /ˈmɑt səz; Sephardic Hebrew mɑˈtsɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɑ tsoʊs/.

unleavened bread in the form of large crackers, typically square and corrugated, eaten by Jews during Passover.
one of these crackers.



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Origin of matzo

First recorded in 1840–50; from Yiddish matse, from Hebrew maṣṣāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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British Dictionary definitions for matzo


matzoh matza or matzah (ˈmætsə)

/ (ˈmætˈsəʊ) /

noun plural matzos, matzohs, matzas, matzahs or matzoth (Hebrew maˈtsɔt)

a brittle very thin biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during Passover

Word Origin for matzo

from Hebrew matsāh
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Cultural definitions for matzo

[ (maht-suh) ]

A flat piece of unleavened bread, resembling a large cracker, used by Jews (see also Jews) in place of yeast bread during Passover (see also Passover). According to the biblical account of Passover, God directed the ancestors of the Jews to eat unleavened bread, rather than delay their departure from Egypt (see also Egypt) by waiting for bread to rise.

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