[ zef-er ]
/ ˈzɛf ər /


a gentle, mild breeze.
(initial capital letter) Literary. the west wind.
any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric, yarn, etc.

Origin of zephyr

before 1000 for def 2; Middle English < Latin zephyrus < Greek zéphyros the west wind; replacing Middle English zeferus, zephirus, Old English zefferus < Latin as above
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zephyr

British Dictionary definitions for zephyr

/ (ˈzɛfə) /


a soft or gentle breeze
any of several delicate soft yarns, fabrics, or garments, usually of wool

Word Origin for zephyr

C16: from Latin zephyrus, from Greek zephuros the west wind; probably related to Greek zophos darkness, west
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for zephyr

[ (zef-uhr) ]

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.