ze

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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ze

  1. Nonstandard spelling of the (usually signifying a foreign accent, often French or German).
    • 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 2[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

ze

  1. (neologism) they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
Usage notes[edit]
  • 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.
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Hyponyms[edit]
  • he, she (when used to mean “male or female (unspecified)”)
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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A Gheg dialect word, of unclear origin.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. soul

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Aukan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch zee (sea).

Noun[edit]

ze

  1. the sea, the ocean

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Czech[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zɛ/
  • (file)

Preposition[edit]

ze

  1. from

Usage notes[edit]

This preposition is followed by the genitive case.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

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 notes[edit]

  • 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).

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Adverb[edit]

ze

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


Ido[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

ze (plural ze-i)

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

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ze

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

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’).

Luxembourgish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • zu (for the adverb, when stressed)

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ze

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

Adverb[edit]

ze

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

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ze

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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 English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English .

Noun[edit]

ze

  1. Alternative form of see (sea)

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Polish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An alternative form of z.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ze

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

Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ze (definite accusative zeyi, plural zeler)

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

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Turkmen[edit]

Noun[edit]

ze (definite accusative ?, plural ?)

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

White Hmong[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ze

  1. near

Xhosa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Relative[edit]

-ze?

  1. naked
    Synonym: -ntswempu

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Zazaki[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ze