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Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

ArticleEdit

ze

  1. Nonstandard spelling of the (usually signifying a foreign accent, often French).
    • 1992, Tristan Jones, Adrift, page 257:
      Then one French-American sous-chef, still in his white kitchen gear, climbed down from the cockpit, where he had been inspecting the cabin, peering inside, murmuring, "wonderfool–wonderfool, ze workmansheep!"

Etymology 2Edit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

ze

  1. (neologism) they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
Usage notesEdit
  • The genderqueer community are the primary proponents of ze. One refers to a person with ze and hir or zir typically (a) when their gender is unknown, and one wishes to avoid assuming their gender, or (b) when they are neither male nor female in gender, making he and she (and also either/or terms like s/he or (s)he) inappropriate and potentially hurtful.
SynonymsEdit
HyponymsEdit
  • he, she (when used to mean “male or female (unspecified)”)
Coordinate termsEdit

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AnagramsEdit


AlbanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

A Gheg dialect word, of unclear origin.

NounEdit

ze f (indefinite plural ze, definite singular zeja, definite plural zejet)

  1. soul

Related termsEdit


AukanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch zee (sea).

NounEdit

ze

  1. the sea, the ocean

ReferencesEdit


CzechEdit

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

ze

  1. from

Usage notesEdit

This preposition is followed by the genitive case.

SynonymsEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

ze

  1. Unstressed form of zij (feminine singular subject)
    Daar zit ze.There she is sitting.
  2. Unstressed form of zij (plural subject)
    Daar zitten ze.There they are sitting.
  3. Unstressed form of haar (feminine singular object)
    Ik zie ze.I see her.
  4. Unstressed form of hen, hun (plural object)
    Ik zie ze.I see them.

Usage notesEdit

  • In the Netherlands, ze is used as a reduced form of haar chiefly when referring to things:
Ik wist de waarheid niet en ik wilde ze ook niet weten.
I didn’t know the truth and didn’t wish to know it either.
Even in this case, it is often avoided by using the masculine form hem or, in formal style, the full form haar.
  • In Belgium, ze is usual as a reduced form of haar even when referring to persons (as in the example further above).

InflectionEdit


AdverbEdit

ze

  1. (following an imperative) break a leg, go get 'em, do well, good luck
    Werk ze vanavond!
    Good luck working tonight!


IdoEdit

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

ze (plural ze-i)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter Z/z.

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JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

ze

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Lower SorbianEdit

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

ze

  1. Alternative form of z (both meanings; used before sibilants and certain consonant clusters)
    Stej bratš ze sotšu.They are brother and sister
    (lit. ‘brother with sister’).

LuxembourgishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • zu (for the adverb, when stressed)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German ze, from Old High German zi, from Proto-Germanic *ta, reduced form of *tō, whence Luxembourgish zu and zou.

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

ze

  1. to (with a following infinitive)
    De Kaffi ass ze waarm fir ze drénken.
    The coffee is too hot to drink.

AdverbEdit

ze

  1. too (more than enough, when unstressed)
    De Kaffi ass ze waarm fir ze drénken.
    The coffee is too hot to drink.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

ze

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English .

NounEdit

ze

  1. Alternative form of see (sea)

DescendantsEdit


PolishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

An alternative form of z.

PronunciationEdit

PrepositionEdit

ze

  1. An alternative form of z. See usage notes for details.

TurkishEdit

NounEdit

ze (definite accusative zeyi, plural zeler)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Z/z.

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TurkmenEdit

NounEdit

ze (definite accusative ?, plural ?)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter Z/z.

White HmongEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ze

  1. near

ZazakiEdit

AdverbEdit

ze