[ 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 formsZend·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zend


/ (zɛnd) /


a former name for Avestan
short for Zend-Avesta
an exposition of the Avesta in the Middle Persian language (Pahlavi)

Derived FormsZendic, adjective

Word Origin for Zend

C18: from Persian zand commentary, exposition; used specifically of the Middle Persian commentary on the Avesta, hence of the language of the Avesta itself
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