Blitz

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short for Blitzkrieg.

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Blitz

  1. (with definite article) 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.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German blitze (lightning), Old High German blëcchazzen. Cognate with Old Saxon bliksmo (lightning), Old English blæcern (candlestick), Dutch bliksem, Ancient Greek φλέγω (phlégō, to burn, blaze), Sanskrit [script needed] (bhrāj, to radiate, sparkle), Latin fulgur (lightning).[1] From Proto-Germanic *blaikaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /blɪts/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Blitz m (genitive Blitzes, plural Blitze)

  1. (weather) lightning
  2. (optical) flash

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Blitz in Kluge's Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, 1891