Definition of chametz in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɑːˈmɛts/
Pronunciation: /ˈxɑːmɛts/
(also chometz)


[mass noun] Judaism
Leaven or food mixed with leaven, prohibited during Passover.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Mid 19th century: from Hebrew ḥāmēṣ.

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