Origin of za

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


  1. the 17th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of ẓā

From Arabic

  1. the 11th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of

< Arabic zā(y) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for za


the internet domain name for
  1. South Africa


abbreviation for
  1. South Africa (international car registration)

Word Origin for ZA

from Afrikaans Zuid Afrika
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Word Origin and History for za

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

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