Fillets of young herring that have not yet spawned, lightly cured with salt, vinegar, sugar, and spices.
A reddish herring, filleted and served or packed usually in a spiced wine sauce.
Origin of matjes-herring
- Partial translation of Dutch maatjesharing maatjes (alteration of maeghdekins) (genitive of maeghdekin maiden diminutive of maagd maid maghu- in Indo-European roots) haring herring
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition