Origin of za
An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shortening and alteration
- the 17th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of ẓā
- the 11th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of zā
< Arabic zā(y)
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Examples from the Web for za
That was what improved my game, being able to play xu and za.
Each word, from aa to za, gets its own two-page spread with a poem and a pic.
Albert Nyan′za, a lake of Africa, one of the headwaters of the Nile, lying (approximately) between lat.
Bonanza, bon-an′za, n. a term common in the Pacific States for a rich mass of gold: any mine of wealth or stroke of luck.
Colza, kol′za, n. a kind of cabbage whose seeds yield oil for lamps.
Za manimtiltac (Forgive us)na (the)zanayl, (Debts,)quicha (as)na (the)kac (we)apaninitlico (forgive them)na (the)zananaol.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3
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Morbidezza, mor-bi-det′za, n. that quality of flesh-painting which gives the impression of life.
- South Africa
- South Africa (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for za
U.S. student slang shortening of pizza, attested from 1968.
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