AskDefine | Define zed

The Collaborative Dictionary

Zed \Zed\, n. [F., probably through It. zeta, fr. L. zeta. See Zeta.] The letter Z; -- called also zee, and formerly izzard. "Zed, thou unnecessary letter!" --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

zed n : the 26th letter of the Roman alphabet; "the British call Z zed and the Scots call it ezed but Americans call it zee"; "he doesn't know A from izzard" [syn: Z, zee, ezed, izzard]




From zeta.


  1. (outside the US) The letter Z; the twenty-sixth and last letter of the English alphabet.



See also

Zed () is the name of the last letter of the alphabet Z used by the majority of English-speaking people outside of the United States (where its name is "zee" (/ziː/)). The name "zed" is derived from the Greek letter zeta, which also represents the Z sound.
Zed can also refer to the following.

Music / Entertainment

  • Zed (band), a pop-rock group from New Zealand.
  • Zed (Zedrock, band), a UK-based classic metal band.
  • ZED, a sludge/groove metal group from Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • ZeD, a Canadian show that aired original music, short films, animation, performance, visual art and spoken word pieces from around the world.
  • David Zed, best known for his song "Robot".

Fictional characters


zed in German: Zed
zed in Japanese: ゼット
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