What does Chad mean?

Definitions for Chadtʃæd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Chad.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chad(noun)

    a small piece of paper that is supposed to be removed when a hole is punched in a card or paper tape

  2. Lake Chad, Chad(noun)

    a lake in north central Africa; fed by the Shari river

  3. Chad, Republic of Chad, Tchad(noun)

    a landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa; was under French control until 1960

  4. Chad, Chadic, Chadic language(noun)

    a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa


  1. chad(Noun)

    Small pieces of paper punched out from the edges of continuous stationery, punched cards, paper tape etc.

  2. chad(Noun)

    One of these pieces of paper.

  3. Origin: Uncertain; predates the Chadless punch (see the Snopes article on this supposed origin); possibly from chad, "river gravel", or the English slang term chat, "louse".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chad(noun)

    see Shad


  1. Chad

    Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west. Chad is divided into multiple regions: a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt in the centre and a more fertile Sudanese savanna zone in the south. Lake Chad, after which the country is named, is the largest wetland in Chad and the second largest in Africa. Chad's highest peak is the Emi Koussi in the Sahara, and N'Djamena, the capital, is the largest city. Chad is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. Arabic and French are the official languages. Islam and Christianity are the most widely practiced religions. Beginning in the 7th millennium BC, human populations moved into the Chadian basin in great numbers. By the end of the 1st millennium BC, a series of states and empires rose and fell in Chad's Sahelian strip, each focused on controlling the trans-Saharan trade routes that passed through the region. France conquered the territory by 1920 and incorporated it as part of French Equatorial Africa. In 1960, Chad obtained independence under the leadership of François Tombalbaye. Resentment towards his policies in the Muslim north culminated in the eruption of a long-lasting civil war in 1965. In 1978, the rebels conquered the capital and put an end to the south's hegemony. However, the rebel commanders fought amongst themselves until Hissène Habré defeated his rivals. He was overthrown in 1990 by his general Idriss Déby. Since 2003, the Darfur crisis in Sudan has spilt over the border and destabilised the nation, with hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees living in and around camps in eastern Chad.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chad

    shad, n. a kind of fish. [See Shad.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. chad

    1. [common] The perforated edge strips on printer paper, after they have been separated from the printed portion. Also called selvage, perf, and ripoff. 2. The confetti-like paper bits punched out of cards or paper tape; this has also been called chaff, computer confetti, and keypunch droppings. It's reported that this was very old Army slang (associated with teletypewriters before the computer era), and has been occasionally sighted in directions for punched-card vote tabulators long after it passed out of live use among computer programmers in the late 1970s. This sense of ‘chad’ returned to the mainstream during the finale of the hotly disputed U.S. presidential election in 2000 via stories about the Florida vote recounts. Note however that in the revived mainstream usage chad is not a mass noun and ‘a chad’ is a single piece of the stuff.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chad

    A republic in central Africa, east of NIGER, west of SUDAN and south of LIBYA. Its capital is N'Djamena.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chad in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paul Ryan:

    Oh Chad, let’s just enjoy the moment.

  2. Joe Mingham:

    He said, 'I just killed Jan. Nicole and Chad,'.

  3. Chad Corby:

    Standing, bound, had a belt tied around Chad Corby ankles.

  4. Babafemi Ojudu:

    He beat them black and blue and chased them into Chad Republic. He can do it again (with Boko Haram).

  5. Goodluck Jonathan:

    I believe that the story of the Chibok girls will be better, now that we are working with Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

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