Definition of matzo in English:


(also matzoh, matzah)

Pronunciation /ˈmatsə/ /ˈmatsəʊ/

nounmatzos, matzohs, matzoth

  • A crisp biscuit of unleavened bread, traditionally eaten by Jews during Passover.

    ‘a box of matzos’
    mass noun ‘it crumbled like a piece of stale matzo’
    • ‘Do you know the real reason why Jews have three matzoth at the Seder table?’
    • ‘For the few days of Passover, chametz and matzah are antithetical.’
    • ‘For example, one need not spend more than this amount for a tallit or tefillin, a sukkah or etrog for Sukkot, or matzah for Passover.’
    • ‘Unleavened bread or matzo is eaten to remember the Exodus when the Israelites fled Egypt with their dough to which they had not yet added yeast.’
    • ‘‘Then it is set then,’ she said, ‘after the war you must make us matzos for Passover and we will all eat them together.’’
    • ‘The rule is once Passover matzos are baked, they are acceptable, even if they get mixed with other allowed ingredients and rise during rebaking.’
    • ‘We lit candles and exchanged gifts for Chanukah, drove to High Holiday services at the temple, and had wine and matzah for Passover.’
    • ‘Most of the 613 mitzvot in the Torah require the performance of a certain action - like giving charity, or eating matzah on Passover.’
    • ‘No rabbi needs to give a sermon in order to inspire his community to eat matzah on Passover.’
    • ‘I made zucchini stuffed with ground matzos (unleavened breads) and a cake with ground matzos, nuts, fruit and chocolate.’
    • ‘The matzah also stands in contrast to chametz (the expansive yeast in bread which makes it rise) which symbolizes false pride, absorption in our individual egos, and grandiosity.’
    • ‘For where there is Passover, there is matzo, a dry, cracker-like, bread replacement that we are forced to eat.’
    • ‘I open the box of matzos and break off pieces to eat while we try to figure out the difference between regular cooking time and microwave time.’
    • ‘While many of them do involve both body and soul - eating matzah, wearing tefillin, blowing a shofar, etc. - in the case of mitzvot it is the needs of the soul that provide the impetus for engaging in the activity.’
    • ‘He offered me Passover matzo in the back seat of his van in New Hampshire.’
    • ‘There are some mitzvos that can be fulfilled by meeting minimum standards, such as eating a small portion of matzah at the Seder.’
    • ‘On Passover, we didn't have any matzah or wine, of course.’
    • ‘Passover can take us far beyond matzah, wine, and family warmth.’
    • ‘Walk past and check out the matzo coming off the conveyor belt, and the old Jewish men packaging it up.’
    • ‘Central and Eastern Europe's cuisines would be remiss without grated crumbs for their schnitzels, matzos, and strudels.’


Yiddish, from Hebrew maṣṣāh.



/ˈmatsə/ /ˈmatsəʊ/