Definition of matjes herring in US English:

matjes herring

(also maatjes herring)

noun

  • = mattie.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in ‘Nathanael West’ (1903–1940), author (real name Nathan Weinstein). From Yiddish matyes-hering and its etymons German Matjeshering and Dutch maatjesharing, with second element remodelled after herring.

Pronunciation

matjes herring

/ˈmatjəs ˈhɛrɪŋ/