Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brittle, flat piece of unleavened bread, eaten especially during Passover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Thin, unleavened bread.
  • n. A piece of the above bread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cake of unleavened bread eaten by the Jews at the feast of the Passover.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. brittle flat bread eaten at Passover

Etymologies

Yiddish matse, from Hebrew maṣṣâ; see mṢ́Ṣ́ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew מַצָּה ("matza") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Julio Cortez/Associated Press Newark Mayor Cory Booker ate a piece of a large matzo baked during the grand opening of the new headquarters for Manischewitz, the kosher foods company, Tuesday in Newark, N.J. The company said the matzo was the world's largest.

    New York Photos of the Day: June 14

  • In the Soviet Union, where all religion was practically prohibited and anti-Semitism was sanctioned by the state, dyeing eggs was only slightly less daring than buying matzo, which is why, I suspect, my nonconformist mother rebelliously did both.

    Peace Meals

  • Instead, during the eight days of Passover, Jewish people eat matzo, which is what their ancestors ate during their hurried escape through the desert from Egypt.

    Ye Olde King's Head - Nowhere Near Kosher

  • On the eve of Passover Chabad members burn their bread and on Passover begin eating matzo, which is dough that wasn't given the chance to rise, symbolizing humility and respectfulness.

    Ventura County Star Stories

  • The meal does not end until every person has had a piece of matzo, which is made of unleavened flour.

    The Frederick News-Post : Local News

  • Perhaps one of the most unique tributes to that time is the practice of only eating unleavened bread, called matzo, for all eight days.

    WCAX - Local News

  • Unleavened bread, called matzo, became a primary symbol of the Passover holiday, which marks the birth of Jews as a people.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Frances 'does offer fried matzo, which is one of those haymish (homemade) offerings that attests to roots that go deeper than might be suggested by the current business model.

    Chicago Reader

  • Today's once-every-28-years sun-blessing seems to be a coincidental prelude to the eight-day holiday, where Jews eat unleavened bread called matzo because their ancestors didn't exactly have time to wait around for their bread to rise as they fled Egypt.

    Gothamist

  • In place of bread, we eat something called matzo and it would be helpful if it were at least sold in some of the unions.

    Arizona Daily Wildcat

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