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zephyr

Syllabification: zeph·yr
Pronunciation: /ˈzefər
 
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Definition of zephyr in English:

noun

1 literary A soft gentle breeze.
Example sentences
  • Anything less than a wind of 30 miles per hour is considered but a gentle zephyr.
  • All kinds of weather conditions marked the week, from strong storm fronts, to gentle zephyrs and horrendous wind-shifts, turning 180 degrees.
  • Crickets were chirruping, a soft zephyr was softly blowing the tree branches, and everything was quiet.
2 historical A fine cotton gingham.
2.1A very light article of clothing.

Origin

late Old English zefferus, denoting a personification of the west wind, via Latin from Greek zephuros '(god of) the west wind'. Sense 1 dates from the late 17th century.

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