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Zed \Zed\, n. [F., probably through It. zeta, fr. L. zeta. See Zeta.] The letter Z; -- called also zee, and formerly izzard. ``Zed, thou unnecessary letter!''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, from Middle French zede, from Late Latin zeta, from Greek zeta, from Hebrew zayin, letter name, literally "weapon;" so called in reference to the shape of this letter in ancient Hebrew. U.S. pronunciation zee is first attested 1670s. Other dialectal names for the letter are izzard, ezod, uzzard, and zod.


n. 1 (Latn-def en name Z z) 2 Something Z-shaped. Found in compounds such as ''zed-bar.'' 3 (context colloquial English) (''usually plural'') Sleep (as in "get some zeds"). vb. 1 (context intransitive informal English) To sleep or nap. (Compare zzz, catch some z's.) 2 (context intransitive rare English) To zigzag; to move with sharp alternating turns.


n. the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet; "the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee"; "he doesn't know A from izzard" [syn: Z, zee, ezed, izzard]


ZeD is a Canadian variety television program and website. The series premiered on CBC Television in March 18, 2002 and ran to 2006. Hosted primarily by Sharon Lewis and Ziya Tong, ZeD publicized creative works from Canada and other countries, including a substantial portion of material created by viewers and new artists. ZeD thus considered itself to be " open-source television."

The website claimed thousands of users, and the series, while somewhat obscure, was nominated for several awards and influenced some US television. A music album, ZeD: Live Off The Floor, was also spun off the series.

Zed (band)

Zed was a New Zealand pop/rock four-piece band formed in 1998.

Zed (Cirque du Soleil)

Zed was Cirque du Soleil's second resident show in Asia. It premiered on October 1, 2008 at the Cirque du Soleil Theater, Tokyo Disney Resort, in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan. Inspiration for Zed was taken from the Tarot and its Arcana; the main character Zed represents the Fool of the Tarot. The show depicted Zed's journey and his role in uniting two mythical groups, the people of the earth and sky. The production closed permanently on December 31, 2011.

Zed (comics)

Mary "Zed" Martin is a fictional character in the Hellblazer series published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. A psychic artist who met John Constantine in a London alleyway, she was recruited by an extremist Christian group called 'The Resurrection Crusade' to bear the Second Coming, which Constantine stopped from happening. She first appeared in Hellblazer #4.

Usage examples of "zed".

Learning how to understand and read Numen was an important discovery that Zed needed to know about.

Brount, Zed, and Kid Zanto stood at the west end of the bar, Brount observing the audience with a delighted grin.

Since the fight was supposed to be to the death, and since Blade and Zed both survived, then Brount declared all the bets were invalid.

Zed had stopped him just before he insulted them both by mispronouncing their names.

The basic stone bowelflash had come and gone about the time DL showed up, all in black including helmet and face shield, riding her esteemed and bad red and silver Czech motorcycle, the Che Zed, overdesigned in every part, up onto which she gathered Frenesi out of danger, camera, miniskirt, equipment bags, and all, and carried her away.

Or had Cousin Zed resumed his insidious meddling, urging her to make the Reversionists an outright gift of the shares immediately, knowing the money-hungry groups would side with him in voting for the Galapharma takeover?

Except for a new Thesp named Zed Wintergeist, who is a wiz, and plays Mercutio like Hellzapoppin instead of like a Vassar daisy chain.

Iris--for sneaking away from her observation post as understudy to both the Nurse and Lady Capulet for a smoke in the lobby, or backstage to whisper glisteningly to Zed Wintergeist.

At breakfast, Amri, happily chattering, mentioned that Zed was not in the house.

While Zed and Rhani ate, Dana, Corrios, and Amri stayed in the kitchen: Corrios to watch and Amri to serve the meal, Dana because he liked keeping Amri company.

She had Cara, Immeld, Corrios, Timithos, Amri, himself, even Zed, as accessories.

There had been tasks for pretty, young cabin boys in the decadent years of the Fifties that the more Apollonian Zeds would never countenance.

Ricky Zed, although his employers at the West Ealing Wimpy Bar, where he worked as the griddle chef, knew him as Kevin Smith.

If she died at Three Zed, Tel was to distribute whatever remained of her allowance to Kinnor and Kiel, pending their confirmation as heirs.

She felt his anguished pride in the insane moments when Kiel and Kinnor emerged, and a regret almost as deep as his faith when they parted at Hesed House, as he left for Three Zed.