Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British The letter z.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The name of the Latin script letter Z/z.
  • n. Something Z-shaped. Found in compounds such as zed-bar.
  • v. To sleep or nap. (Compare zzz, catch some z's.)
  • v. To zigzag; to move with sharp alternating turns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The letter z; -- called also zee, and formerly izzard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The letter Z, also called zee and sometimes izzard.
  • n. A metal bar rolled so as to have a cross-section resembling the letter Z.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French zede, from Late Latin zēta, zeta, from Greek; see zeta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ζῆτα (zēta) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Right here in Canada, Molson struck gold when Joe Canadian proclaimed that not only is the beaver a noble creature, it's pronounced "zed;" not "zee" - "zed."

    Craig and Marc Kielburger: Everything in Moderation

  • Or maybe "zed," depending on what part of the world you're in.

    Patt Morrison: Blackwater: A Smell by Any Other Name?

  • Not to mention their aversion to the letter z, pronounced "zed" in most British dialects and the general accent.

    British-English Dictionary

  • And I don't know if I'll ever remember to say "zed".

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Best of luck with your job search and mini's arrival! ps - oh, and we do say "zed" not "zee" ... you will get chuckles from students if you say "zee".

    willing to move North

  • Get to the last letter and most of the room is saying "zed" while the dirty Americans on the far side of the room are sticking with "zee."

    D is for Dirty, That's Good Enough for Me

  • If your ancestor's name began with "zed," you might have to wait until 2008.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • The hardest one for me is remembering to call the letter z "zed".

    favour

  • It might be a pretty difficult shift though -- do you ever see Z and think "zed"?

    goal

  • Part of my job is transcribing tapes, and when lawyers spell proper names, I'm always surprised to hear "zed".

    goal

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  • zed's dead baby, zed's dead

    October 13, 2011

  • Thou whoreson zed, unnecessary letter!

    April 15, 2010

  • zed's dead

    December 16, 2008

  • See also comments on zad.

    August 2, 2008