[ zef-er ]
/ ˈzɛf ər /
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a gentle, mild breeze.
(initial capital letter)Literary. the west wind.
any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric, yarn, etc.



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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

synonym study for zephyr

1. See wind1.
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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
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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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