blizzard

noun
bliz·​zard | \ ˈbli-zərd How to pronounce blizzard (audio) \

Definition of blizzard

1 : a long severe snowstorm
2 : an intensely strong cold wind filled with fine snow
3 : an overwhelming rush or deluge a blizzard of mail around the holidays

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Other Words from blizzard

blizzardy \ ˈbli-​zər-​dē How to pronounce blizzardy (audio) \ or less commonly blizzardly \ ˈbli-​ˌzərd-​lē How to pronounce blizzardly (audio) \ adjective

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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.

Examples of blizzard in a Sentence

We were snowed in by a raging blizzard.

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As quickly as a squall can turn into a blizzard, the men’s fashion harness has made its swift return to the red carpet, thanks to Louis Vuitton menswear creative director Virgil Abloh. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Travis Scott Takes the Man Harness Into the Polar Vortex," 31 Jan. 2019 Work, eat, sleep, repeat RDR II begins with a desperate trek through a late-spring blizzard. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 This meant long, cold nights in blizzards, in cars with tire chains, teaching people about the disease. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same," 6 July 2018 Three more failed attempts owing to bad weather and even an earthquake followed, including a heartbreaking reversal just 100m from the top in 2016 when a blizzard suddenly descended. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "'I Hate It.' Double-Amputee Climber Xia Boyu Vows Never to Return to Everest," 14 June 2018 Among the options is adaptive front lighting on the XSE ($415), blizzard pearl white paint ($395) and an SE preferred package with upgraded audio, information and app services and blind-spot monitor for $1,400. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Toyota Corolla five-door brings latest safety tech to the masses," 26 May 2018 And upper-air balloon tests don't identify ground blizzards with no falling snow, which can still be hazardous conditions for hunters and oil workers on the North Slope, Brader said. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "The National Weather Service is replacing Alaska jobs with automated stations," 9 Apr. 2018 After a blizzard forced the Wisconsin Area Music Awards to cancel its ceremony April 15, the nonprofit organization recognized the best music from the state at the make-up ceremony Sunday, with two Milwaukee groups among the night's biggest winners. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GGOOLLDD, Altered Five, Tre Principesse big winners at WAMI Awards 2018," 21 May 2018 But with 200 meters left to climb a treacherous blizzard forced him to turn back, Japan Times reported. Meagan Flynn, chicagotribune.com, "Double amputee who his lost his feet climbing Mount Everest 43 years ago finally reaches summit," 14 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blizzard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of blizzard

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blizzard

origin unknown

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blizzard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blizzard

: a severe snowstorm that goes on for a long time
: a large amount of something that comes suddenly

blizzard

noun
bliz·​zard | \ ˈbli-zərd How to pronounce blizzard (audio) \

Kids Definition of blizzard

: a long heavy snowstorm

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