[ zed ]
/ zɛd /

noun Chiefly British.

the letter Z or z.
a Z-bar.

Origin of zed

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French zede < Latin zēta < Greek zêta zeta

Definition for zeds (2 of 2)


[ zed ]
/ zɛd /


a male given name, form of Zedekiah.
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British Dictionary definitions for zeds (1 of 2)



/ (ˈzɛdz) /

pl n informal

catch a few zeds to have a nap

British Dictionary definitions for zeds (2 of 2)


/ (zɛd) /


the British spoken form of the letter zUS word: zee

Word Origin for zed

C15: from Old French zede, via Late Latin from Greek zēta
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Word Origin and History for zeds



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.

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