zebra

noun
ze·​bra | \ ˈzē-brə How to pronounce zebra (audio) , Canadian and British also ˈze-\
plural zebras

Definition of zebra

1 plural also zebra : any of several fleet African mammals (Equus burchelli, E. grevyi, and E. zebra) related to the horse but distinctively and conspicuously patterned in stripes of black or dark brown and white or buff
2 [ from the shirts patterned in black-and-white stripes worn by football referees ] : referee sense 2

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Other Words from zebra

zebrine \ ˈzē-​ˌbrīn How to pronounce zebrine (audio) , Canadian and British also  ˈze-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of zebra in a Sentence

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Their final list encompassed 253 populations of 36 species of herbivorous mammals — including elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos and wildebeests — in 126 protected areas throughout Africa. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "War’s Other Victims: Animals," 12 Jan. 2018 In other words, there’s no longer any need to choose between leopard or zebra or cow to get the graphic look of the moment. Vogue, "the Animal Prints," 16 Mar. 2019 Herds of zebra and impala and kudu, springbok and steenbok and oryx graze on carpets of desert grasses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 From the skin-tight zebra print separates to the floaty maxi-dresses, seeing the collection on the runway dance floor gave us a whole new appreciation for the energizing color palette and refreshingly-wearable silhouettes. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The 8 Coolest Things That Happened at the Kenzo x H&M Show," 20 Oct. 2016 Also, Acne Studios jeans and Isabel Marant stretch corduroy zebra print.’ Album reminiscent of your father: ‘Erroll Garner Plays Misty’ (1961). Marc Myers, WSJ, "Jeff Goldblum Fulfilled a Teenage Dream Written on Steamed Glass," 20 Nov. 2018 Pile on the Prints Designers have long loved leopard, zebra and tiger — just not all at once. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "5 Styling Tweaks to Make Right Now," 31 Jan. 2018 Up until then my most expensive purchase had been a pair of zebra Isabel Marant boots. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "This Prairie Dress Got Me 40 Compliments in 4 Hours—and It’s on Sale for Under $50," 24 Sep. 2018 Contrasting flashes came from a pillow and throw in matching zebra and a box of red butterflies, from the taxidermist Deyrolle on nearby Rue de Bac, that had been set into the wall. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of zebra

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zebra

Portuguese zebra, zebro wild ass, perhaps from Latin equiferus, kind of wild horse, from equus horse + ferus wild — more at equine, fierce

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zebra

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zebra

: an African animal that looks like a horse and has black and white stripes covering its body

zebra

noun
ze·​bra | \ ˈzē-brə How to pronounce zebra (audio) \

Kids Definition of zebra

: an African animal that is related to the horse and has a hide striped in black and white or black and buff

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