[ zef-er ]
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  1. a gentle, mild breeze.

  2. (initial capital letter)Literary. the west wind.

  1. any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric, yarn, etc.

Origin of zephyr

First recorded before 1000 for def. 2; Middle English, from Latin zephyrus, from Greek zéphyros “the west wind”; replacing Middle English zeferus, zephirus, Old English zefferus, from Latin as above

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1. See wind1.

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British Dictionary definitions for zephyr


/ (ˈzɛfə) /

  1. a soft or gentle breeze

  2. any of several delicate soft yarns, fabrics, or garments, usually of wool

Origin of zephyr

C16: from Latin zephyrus, from Greek zephuros the west wind; probably related to Greek zophos darkness, west

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Cultural definitions for Zephyr


[ (zef-uhr) ]

The Greek and Roman god of the west wind, considered the most pleasant of the winds.

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