Short for Blitzkrieg.
- (historical) The series of air raids launched on various cities in Great Britain by the German air force in 1940-41 during World War II. They were also known as the Baedeker Raids.
From Middle High German blitze (“lightning”), from Old High German blëcchazzen, from Proto-Germanic *blaikaz whence English bleak and bleach, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleyǵ-. The origin *blaikaz, a cognate with Old Saxon bliksmo (“lightning”), Old English blæcern (“candlestick”), Dutch bliksem, Ancient Greek φλέγω (phlégō, “to burn, blaze”), Sanskrit भ्राज (bhrāja, “to radiate, sparkle”), Latin fulgur (“lightning”).
- Blitz in Duden online