• Ze

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /zə/

    Origin 1

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    1. Eye dialect of the usually signifying a foreign accent, often French.
      • 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!"

    Origin 2

    Full definition of ze

    Pronoun

    ze

    1. (neologism) they singular. gender-neutral

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    The genderqueer community are the primary proponents of ze. One refers to a person with ze and hir 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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