blitzkrieg

[blits-kreeg]

noun, verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. blithesomely,
  2. blitt,
  3. blitz,
  4. blitz can,
  5. blitzed,
  6. blitzstein,
  7. blivit,
  8. blixen,
  9. blixen, karen,
  10. blizzard

Origin of blitzkrieg

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Blitz lightning + Krieg war

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British Dictionary definitions for blitzkrieg

blitzkrieg

noun

a swift intensive military attack, esp using tanks supported by aircraft, designed to defeat the opposition quickly

Word Origin for blitzkrieg

C20: from German: lightning war

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Word Origin and History for blitzkrieg

blitzkrieg

n.

"rapid attack," 1939, from German Blitzkrieg, from Blitz "lightning" (from Middle High German blicze, back-formation from bliczen "to flash," from Old High German blecchazzen "to flash, lighten" (8c.), from Proto-Germanic *blikkatjan, from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn;" see bleach (v.)) + Krieg "war" (see kriegspiel).

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Culture definitions for blitzkrieg

blitzkrieg

[(blits-kreeg)]

A form of warfare used by German forces in World War II. In a blitzkrieg, troops in vehicles, such as tanks, made quick surprise strikes with support from airplanes. These tactics resulted in the swift German conquest of France in 1940 (see fall of France). Blitzkrieg is German for “lightning war.”

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