Short for Blitzkrieg.
- (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.
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”). From Proto-Germanic *blaikaz.
- Blitz in Duden online