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The Collaborative Dictionary

Zephyr \Zeph"yr\, n. [L. zephyrus, Gr. ?, akin to ? darkness, the dark side, west: cf. F. z['e]phyr.] The west wind; poetically, any soft, gentle breeze. "Soft the zephyr blows." --Gray. [1913 Webster] As gentle As zephyrs blowing below the violet. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Zephyr cloth, a thin kind of cassimere made in Belgium; also, a waterproof fabric of wool. Zephyr shawl, a kind of thin, light, embroidered shawl made of worsted and cotton. Zephyr yarn, or Zephyr worsted, a fine, soft kind of yarn or worsted, -- used for knitting and embroidery. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck" [syn: breeze, gentle wind, air]
2 (Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west wind

Moby Thesaurus

air, blubber, breeze, butter, clay, cooling breeze, cushion, dough, down, eiderdown, feather bed, feathers, fleece, floss, flue, fluff, foam, gale, gentle wind, kapok, light air, light breeze, light wind, moderate breeze, ocean breeze, onshore breeze, pillow, plush, pudding, puff, putty, rubber, satin, sea breeze, silk, softblowing wind, swansdown, thistledown, velvet, wax, wool



From the Zephyros, (also transliterated as Zephuros) meaning "the West Wind" (as a personification or god). It is probably derived from Greek zophos meaning "black" or "dark," hence "the West."


  • a UK /zɛfə(ɹ)/ /zEf@(r)/
  • a US /zɛfɹ/


  1. a light refreshing wind; a gentle breeze
  2. any thing of fine, soft, or light quality, especially fabric


light refreshing wind; a gentle breeze
thing of fine, soft, or light quality, especially fabric

Proper noun

  1. The god of the West Wind
  2. a motor car made (some time ago) by Ford in the United Kingdom
  3. a small town in India


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zephyr in German: Zephyr (Begriffsklärung)
zephyr in French: Zephyr (homonymie)
zephyr in Dutch: Zephyr
zephyr in Japanese: ゼファー
zephyr in Volapük: Zephyr
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