Sailor Speak of the Week – Zenith



  • The highest point in the sky in the transit of a celestial body.


Possibly from the Arabic, samturas, meaning high point in the heavens. Originally from Old Saxon, szenith, then Old French, cenith, and via Middle English, senyth. All having the same meaning.


An important term for use in celestial navigation.


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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