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[zah] /zɑ/
noun
1.
the 11th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin
< Arabic (y)
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British Dictionary definitions for

za

abbreviation
1.
South Africa

ZA

abbreviation
1.
South Africa (international car registration)
Word Origin
from Afrikaans Zuid Afrika
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Word Origin and History for

za

n.

U.S. student slang shortening of pizza, attested from 1968.

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Slang definitions & phrases for

za

noun

Pizza: Rents are parents. Za is pizza

[1968+ Teenagers; a shortening of pizza]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for

za

  1. pizza
  2. Zhuang

ZA

South Africa (international vehicle ID)
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Encyclopedia Article for

za

in feudal Japan, any of the mercantile or craft guilds that flourished about 1100-1590. They did not become fully organized until the Muromachi period (1338-1573), when they began to monopolize the production, transport, and sale of merchandise. In exchange for certain fees, the za enjoyed official recognition and exemptions from tolls, transit duties, and market taxes. Many za were begun and maintained under the patronage of nobles or of the zasu (head priests) of Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples. More than 80 guilds situated in the Nara region specialized in the manufacture or conveyance of paper, sake, salt, vegetable oil, and malt. Other guilds were organized by dancers, musicians, carpenters, and blacksmiths. The za gradually declined with the declining authority of their patrons and with the expansion of the market economy. Merchants also often opposed the monopoly development and trade restrictions that characterized the za. Market taxes and za were officially and nationally abolished by the feudal lords Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi about 1590.

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