Definition of zephyr
1a : a breeze from the westb : a gentle breeze
2 : any of various lightweight fabrics and articles of clothing
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Examples of zephyr in a Sentence
a summer zephyr gently stirred her hair
Recent Examples of zephyr from the Web
The movements were more scene setting than story telling, with wafting, zephyr-like patterns from piano, the themes eliding wind to string voices in a delicate and tricky texture.
Windsurfers lean into the prevailing southwestern zephyr at incredible speeds.
Zephyr is also releasing its first-ever lager, Longball Lager, so be one of the first to have a pint … or two or three.
What lingers from this alien encounter is neither the wizardry nor the climax but the zephyr of emotional intensity that blows through the film.
There is already one prominent candidate to replace him in Congress: Zephyr Teachout, a liberal law professor who mounted her own challenge to Mr. Cuomo in the Democratic primary in 2014.
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Did You Know?
For centuries, poets have eulogized Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind, and his "swete breeth" (in the words of Geoffrey Chaucer). Zephyrus, the personified west wind, eventually evolved into zephyr, a word for a breeze that is westerly or gentle, or both. Breezy zephyr may have blown into English with the help of William Shakespeare, who used the word in his 1611 play Cymbeline: "Thou divine Nature, thou thyself thou blazon'st / In these two princely boys! They are as gentle / As zephyrs blowing below the violet." Today, zephyr is also the sobriquet of a lightweight fabric and the clothing that is made from it.
Origin and Etymology of zephyr
Middle English Zephirus, west wind (personified), from Latin Zephyrus, god of the west wind & zephyrus west wind, zephyr, from Greek Zephyros & zephyros
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
ZEPHYR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zephyr for English Language Learners
: a very slight or gentle wind
ZEPHYR Defined for Kids
Definition of zephyr for Students
: a gentle breeze
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