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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: zona 'belt, zone', from Greek zone

zone

1 noun
     
zone1 W3 [countable]
a large area that is different from other areas around it in some way:
This is a no-parking zone.
San Francisco and Tokyo are both located in earthquake zones.
danger zone (=an area where it is dangerous to go)
battle/war zone
The south side of the city has virtually become a war zone.
The government has set up a special economic zone to promote private enterprise.

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