Word of the Week: Zephyr

Zephyr is a noun and is defined as a slight wind. The English word zephyr was first used in the 1500s, and evolved from the word for the Greek god of the west wind, Zephyrus, which was the gentlest of the winds and the messenger of spring. Zephyrus had three brothers Boreas (personified north wind), Notus (personified south wind), and Eurus (personified east wind), but these winds were described as cold, chaotic, or turbulent. For centuries, writers have used the poetic word zephyr to describe a gentle breeze. Even today, we see the word zephyr used to describe a slight wind in the song “The Zephyr Song” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Fly away on my zephyr/ I feel it more than ever/ And in this perfect weather/ We’ll find a place together.”

Air, breeze

The spring zephyr gently stirred the sunflowers in Amelia’s garden. 

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