noun Chiefly British.
Origin of zed
Examples from the Web for zed
Historical Examples of zed
I called it "zed," but the editor said it was "zee," and I did not argue the point.The Book of the Bush
It seemed to meak me veel merryish, an' I zed, "What's to pay, young 'ooman?"A Cotswold Village
J. Arthur Gibbs
An' zo a zed a 'oodden bide yer no longer, fur ef a did her'd never let un gwo.A Glossary of Words used in the County of Wiltshire
George Edward Dartnell
Zed, zed, n. the letter Z, also called zee and izzard: a bar of metal of form similar to the letter Z.
Fifty years later, I was dating Lil, another redhead, but Zed was my first.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Word Origin for zed
c.1400, from Middle French zede, from Late Latin zeta, from Greek zeta, from Hebrew zayin, letter name, literally "weapon;" so called in reference to the shape of this letter in ancient Hebrew. U.S. pronunciation zee is first attested 1670s. Other dialectal names for the letter are izzard, ezod, uzzard, and zod.