Definitions

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

  • noun Pizza.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In solmization, a syllable once used for Bь.
  • noun An intensive or augmentative prefix sometimes used in forming modern scientific words to emphasize the character or quality noted by the element to which it is prefixed (like E. very, a.), as in zalambdodont, having teeth with a very V-shaped ridge, Zalophus, Zamelodia, Zapus, etc.

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

  • noun (Min.) An old solfeggio name for B flat; the seventh harmonic, as heard in the or æolian string; -- so called by Tartini. It was long considered a false, but is the true note of the chord of the flat seventh.

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  • noun obsolete A syllable formerly used in solfège to represent B flat.
  • noun US slang, early 1980s Pizza.

Etymologies

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

[Shortening and alteration of pizza.]

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Shortened from pizza.

Examples

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  • The epicenter of great 'za is Wooster Square in New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • For the herbal flavor in za'atar blend, many North American recipes use only dried domestic thyme, or a mixture of domestic thyme and domestic marjoram.

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  • The following herbs are often mistakenly referred to as za'atar: Syrian oregano (oreganum syricum), biblical hyssop, and thyme-leaved savory (satureja thryba), among others.

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  • The following herbs are often mistakenly referred to as za'atar: Syrian oregano (oreganum syricum), biblical hyssop, and thyme-leaved savory (satureja thryba), among others.

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  • The most recent update, the fourth version, made way for "za" and its ilk, making the rare letters easier to play.

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  • For some -- especially opponents -- "za" is too cheap and easy.

    Price Drop: Stocks, Homes, Now Triple-Word Scores

  • Sumac is sometimes incorporated into spice rubs, such as za'atar, which also consists of thyme, salt and toasted sesame seeds.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Now I've got a craving for some zayt w'za'atar like you described......i know what's for dinner tonight!

    What is Za'atar?

  • Radka szanuje i smialo moge stwierdzic, ze polubilam, wiec oby zawsze im to sloneczko swiecilo, ktore dzis im swieci. to jest Jego wybor, ale jesli jest rozsadny, to spojrzy na sprawe z roznych stron i chociaz jedno "za" i "przeciw" przemysli.

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  • Pizza, formed by clipping

    June 18, 2007

  • I've never heard this one before! People actually say this? Hmm. Wouldn't think it would be so hard to pronounce a five-letter word that it would need clipping.

    June 20, 2007

  • Yes, I heard it a few months ago from my 20-something niece. When I commented on it later, I was given to believe that everyone but me knew about this. Good to know I have company.

    June 20, 2007

  • Certainly no offense to your niece or anyone else who says it, but this word is stupid and lazy. The word. Not the people. What's wrong with just saying pizza?

    June 20, 2007

  • This twenty-something says pizza.

    June 20, 2007

  • I just thought it was amusing, especially since it turns out not to be a new term. It it lazy, or is it a self-conscious affectation? People do use language to have fun, to identify with their particular group, etc.

    June 20, 2007

  • I'm just trying to imagine how it's pronounced. Is it "zuh" or is it "ZAH!!!"? I guess the latter could be fun, but it's better suited as a goofy exclamation than another word for pizza. I think.

    If I were to abbreviate pizza, I'd probably go with pize or something.

    June 20, 2007

  • puh-zizzle!!!

    June 20, 2007

  • Now that I could get into! :-P

    June 20, 2007

  • zah. Not an exclamation. Intoned in a low voice, with a shrug...let's just get some za.

    June 20, 2007