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blizzard

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noun bliz·zard \ˈbli-zərd\

Simple Definition of blizzard

  • : a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time

  • : a large amount of something that comes suddenly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blizzard

  1. 1 :  a long severe snowstorm

  2. 2 :  an intensely strong cold wind filled with fine snow

  3. 3 :  an overwhelming rush or deluge <a blizzard of mail around the holidays>

blizzardy

play \ˈbli-zər-dē\ also

blizzardly

play \-ˌzərd-lē\ adjective

Examples of blizzard in a sentence

  1. 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

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1870

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BLIZZARD Defined for Kids

blizzard

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noun bliz·zard \ˈbli-zərd\

Definition of blizzard for Students

  1. :  a long heavy snowstorm





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