or mat·zah, mat·zoh

[maht-suh; Sephardic Hebrew mah-tsah; Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-tsaw]

noun, plural mat·zos, mat·zoth, mat·zot [maht-suh z; 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.

Origin of matzo

1840–50; < Yiddish matse < Hebrew maṣṣāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of matzo

Historical Examples of matzo

  • But the old woman who remembered the matzo did, more than anybody else.

  • Feitel broke the "matzo" in halves, and gave one half to his friend.

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich

  • Tonight, you must eat with us fish and soup and 'Matzo'-balls.

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich

  • We had had neither bread nor matzo for dinner, and were more hungry than ever, if that is possible.

  • Feitel drew out from under his blouse a whole fresh, white "matzo," covered with holes on both sides.

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich

British Dictionary definitions for matzo


matzoh matza or matzah (ˈmætsə)

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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matzo in Culture



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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