Meaning of Z in English

Z

I. ˈzē, Canad, Brit, & Austral ˈzed, chiefly dialect ˈi-zərd noun

( plural z's or zs )

Usage: often capitalized, often attributive

Date: before 12th century

1.

a. : the 26th and last letter of the English alphabet

b. : a graphic representation of this letter

c. : a speech counterpart of orthographic z

2. : a graphic device for reproducing the letter z

3. : one designated z especially as the 26th in order or class or the third in order or class when x is made the first

4. : something shaped like the letter Z

5. : wink 1 — usually used in plural

catch some z's before dinner

II. abbreviation

1. zero

2. zone

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.