What does triad mean?

Definitions for triad
ˈtraɪ æd, -ədtri·ad

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce, leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-ace(noun)

    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one

  2. trio, triad, triplet, triple(noun)

    a set of three similar things considered as a unit

  3. trio, threesome, triad, trinity(noun)

    three people considered as a unit

  4. common chord, triad(noun)

    a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones


  1. triad(Noun)

    A grouping of three

  2. triad(Noun)

    A chord consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.

  3. triad(Noun)

    on a CRT display, A group of three neighbouring phosphor dots, coloured green, red, and blue.

  4. triad(Noun)

    A collective term that describes many branches of the underground society based in Hong Kong.

  5. Origin: From triad-, stem of trias, from τριάς; applied by British authorities to underground society in Hong Kong based on geometry of Chinese character.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Triad(noun)

    a union of three; three objects treated as one; a ternary; a trinity; as, a triad of deities

  2. Triad(noun)

    a chord of three notes

  3. Triad(noun)

    the common chord, consisting of a tone with its third and fifth, with or without the octave

  4. Triad(noun)

    an element or radical whose valence is three


  1. Triad

    Triad refers to the many branches of Chinese transnational organized crime organizations based in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and also in countries with significant Chinese populations, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Siam, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Triad

    trī′ad, n. the union of three: a Welsh composition arranged in groups of three: an association of three kindred deities.—adj. Triad′ic.—n. Trī′adist, a composer of triads. [L. trias, triadis—Gr. trias, triadostreis, three.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of triad in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of triad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of triad in a Sentence

  1. Marco Rubio:

    First, let's explain to people at home... what the triad is.

  2. Alvin Yeung:

    I hope that the police will not deceive themselves, it is a triad fight, and not a normal confrontation.

  3. Leon Panetta:

    There is no question that out of the three elements of the triad, the Minuteman missiles are at a stage now where they’re probably the most antiquated of the triad.

  4. Sharon Chirban:

    Female athlete triad is the female health consequence of low energy availability, the personality most apt to get into trouble is often a high commitment athlete who is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

  5. Defense Secretary James Mattis:

    I questioned the triad, and I can not solve the deterrent problem reducing it from a triad, if I want to send the most compelling message, I have been persuaded that the triad and its framework is the right way to go.

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