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za

[zah]
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noun Slang.
  1. pizza.

Origin of za

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; by shortening and alteration

ẓā

[zah]
noun
  1. the 17th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of ẓā

From Arabic

[zah]
noun
  1. the 11th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of

< Arabic zā(y)
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Examples from the Web for zas

Historical Examples

  • And indeed he had scarcely taken his seat before the tribunal, when, zas!

    Maximina

    Armando Palacio Valds

  • You insist on seeing visions, you lose your wits, and when it is least to be expected, zas!

    Maximina

    Armando Palacio Valds

  • Amalia seemed to forget her worries, and when she was just becoming quite cheerful, zas!

    The Grandee

    Armando Palacio Valds

  • Amidst the outcries he went directly towards the bull, which never moved and, zas!

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Thou wilt do as before—thou wilt walk straight up to the bull, with that courage God has given thee, and, zas!

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez


British Dictionary definitions for zas

za

the internet domain name for
  1. South Africa

ZA

abbreviation for
  1. South Africa (international car registration)

Word Origin

from Afrikaans Zuid Afrika
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for zas

za

n.

U.S. student slang shortening of pizza, attested from 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper