Meaning of chametz in English:


(also chometz)

Pronunciation /hɑːˈmɛts/ /ˈxɑːmɛts/


mass nounJudaism
  • Leaven or food mixed with leaven, prohibited during Passover.

    ‘For the few days of Passover, chametz and matzah are antithetical.’
    • ‘A Jew may not eat chametz or derive benefit from it during Passover.’
    • ‘This requirement is based on the Biblical injunction that during Passover no chometz be eaten.’
    • ‘Just as chametz makes bread look bigger than it is without adding any substance, so too an ego filled with self importance is ultimately nothing but hot air.’
    • ‘Now I know why people search for chametz before Pesach.’


Mid 19th century from Hebrew ḥāmēṣ.