What are some Renaissance-related vocabulary words that start with the letters x, y, and z?Thanks.

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samcestmoi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are already some good examples here of words beginning with y and z.  X is a trickier matter, and you would have to make a serious case for any word you chose to fit this category in English.  Most words that begin with x in the English language are of Greek origin and/or were added to the language centuries after the Renaissance period.   “Xenophobia,” for example, is an early 20th century construction, and “x-ray” didn’t appear until the mid-1800s.

By a small stretch you could use “Xmas” for this entry; it’s first known use was in 1551, X being visually of the same form as the Greek letter chi, the first letter in Christos, the Greek word for Christ.

There is also written evidence for the use of the letter x- rather than sh- or sch- at the beginnings of words in East Anglian, though this was in the fourteenth century.  For example the word shall was instead written xall.  This was not a widespread practice, however, and is an even further stretch than “Xmas.”

krcavnar | Student

Yonder: over there

Ye:  plural for both you and thou

Yeoman: soldier landowner, but not a gentleman.

Yoke: a measurement of land

Yale:  a spotted deer with swiveling horns.

Year Book:  Reports of legal arguments in courts, and with the invention of printing, published annually.

Zounds:  meaning “God’s Wounds” used in exclamatory sense like “wow”.

Zbor: A tribal assembly in Medieval Balkans

 Zupa: A territorial unit (roughly equivalent to a county) in Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia.

Zupan: The lord of a county - a count in Medieval Balkans.

mgenca | Student

ye: polite form of thou

yore: years ago

yeoman: An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household

zed: letter z


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