Simple Definition of blizzard
: a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time
: a large amount of something that comes suddenly
Examples of blizzard in a sentence
We were snowed in by a raging blizzard.
Did You Know?
The earliest recorded appearance of the word blizzard meaning “a severe snowstorm” was in the April 23, 1870 issue of a newspaper published in Estherville, Iowa. Blizzard shows up again during the following years in several newspapers in Iowa and neighboring states, and by 1888, when a snowstorm paralyzed the Eastern seaboard, the word was well-known nationally. However, in other senses, the word blizzard existed earlier. Davy Crocket, for instance, used it twice in the 1830s, once to mean a rifle blast and once to mean for a blast of words. All of these uses seem related, but the ultimate origin of the word is still unclear.
Origin and Etymology of blizzard
First Known Use: 1870
BLIZZARD Defined for Kids
Definition of blizzard for Students
: a long heavy snowstorm
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