from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The letter z.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See izard.
  • noun A former name of the letter Z.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The letter z; -- formerly so called.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See izard.

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  • noun Scotland an alternate pronunciation for the letter Z, similar to zed.

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  • noun the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably variant of Scots ezed, variant of zed.]



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  • Not just a surname but an archaic name for the letter Z.

    Also a variant of izard.

    October 4, 2007

  • Eddie -- are you kidding? ;-)

    January 30, 2009

  • JM has just discovered that the ancient word for the letter Z is izzard.

    February 1, 2009

  • "Old Isaac Izard—his name is odd, isn't it? Mrs. Zimmermann thinks that it comes from izzard, which in some parts of England is the word for zed, which is the word the English use to identify the letter Z. I go along with Mrs. Zimmermann's theory because I can't think of a better one. And besides, she is a Z-lady, so she should know."

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs, p 33 of the Puffin Books paperback edition

    March 1, 2010

  • "2. from A to izzard, from beginning to end; completely."

    --The American College Dictionary

    April 13, 2011