ז״ל

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A shorthand way of writing זכרונו\ה\ם\ן לברכה (zikhronó/á/ám/án livrakhá), which means “may his/her/their memory be a blessing”.

Pronunciation[edit]

See usage notes below.

Abbreviation[edit]

ז״ל (Z.L.)

  1. Of blessed memory, may he/she/they rest in peace; used after a reference to one or more deceased people.
Usage notes[edit]
  • The abbreviation ז״ל is nearly always read out as the two words it stands for (see etymology above). This means that its pronunciation depends on whether the referent is a woman, a man, multiple women, or multiple men and women. It is, however, also pronounced /zal/.

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of זֶה לְשׁוֹנוֹ, literally "this is his language".

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronounced as the words it abbreviates.

Phrase[edit]

ז״ל (ze l'shono)

  1. Used to indicate the start of a direct quotation.
Usage notes[edit]
  • The quotation is often capped off with עכ״ל.