Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[zend] /zɛnd/
Zoroastrianism. a translation and exposition of the Avesta in Pahlavi.
Archaic. Avestan (def 1).
Origin of Zend
First recorded in 1690-1700; See origin at Zend-Avesta
Related forms
Zendic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Zend
Historical Examples
  • The commentary is not written in the Zend language, but in Pahlavi or Persian.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • So far we may accept Hegel's interpretation of the Zend doctrine.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • I say, Phœbe, I have a great curiosity to understand the Zend.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The language is Zend from which the Persian language is derived.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • Airja in Zend stood both for “honourable” and for the name of the Iranian, people.

  • Benfey identified Asmodeus as Zend Aêshma-daêva, demon of lust.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The cause of this phenomenon was the religion of the Zend people.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art

    G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
  • Nevertheless, the great majority of modern Persian words are Zend.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • The Zend language is known to us chiefly by the "Zendavesta."

    The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett
  • Then, in a series of dissertations of his own, he vindicated the authenticity of the Zend books.

British Dictionary definitions for Zend


a former name for Avestan
short for Zend-Avesta
an exposition of the Avesta in the Middle Persian language (Pahlavi)
Derived Forms
Zendic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Persian zand commentary, exposition; used specifically of the Middle Persian commentary on the Avesta, hence of the language of the Avesta itself
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Zend

1715, "Parsee sacred book" (in full, Zend-Avesta, 1620s), from Old Persian zend, from Pahlavi zand "commentary." First used in reference to the language of the Zend-Avesta in 1771 by Anquetiel-Duperron (1731-1805).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Zend

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Zend

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for zend