- 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
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Examples from the Web for zephyr
Scholar-activists Larry Lessig and Zephyr Teachout have recently been working to revive it.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
Meanwhile, in a closely watched contest in New York, Andrew Cuomo easily defeated liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout.Populists Go Down in Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party
September 10, 2014
Zephyr Teachout clocked the governor Tuesday in big, progressive stretches of New York, taking 35 percent of the primary vote.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home
September 10, 2014
Zephyr Teachout lives in a fifth-floor walkup in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
And Zephyr Teachout is going to be a big part of it, as well.
Here no zephyr of the sea Wipes the tears from skies that fill.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
Then the wind blew in a changed spirit, and died away to a zephyr.A Pair of Blue Eyes
From the zephyr to the tempest, the whole scale is equally at his command.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14
The rustle of His wing is in every zephyr; its might is in every tempest.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales
Robert L. Taylor
This last drawing reduces the roll to about the thickness of zephyr yarn.Textiles
William H. Dooley
- a soft or gentle breeze
- any of several delicate soft yarns, fabrics, or garments, usually of wool
Word Origin and History for zephyr
mid-14c., from Old English Zefferus, from Latin Zephyrus, from Greek Zephyros "the west wind" (sometimes personified as a god), probably related to zophos "the west, the dark region, darkness, gloom." Sense of "mild breeze" is c.1600.
The Greek and Roman god of the west wind, considered the most pleasant of the winds.