chad

[chad]

Origin of chad

First recorded in 1945–50; origin uncertain

Chad

[chad]
noun
  1. Lake, a lake in Africa at the junction of four countries: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. 5000 to 10,000 sq. mi. (13,000 to 26,000 sq. km) (seasonal variation).
  2. Official name Republic of Chad. a republic in N central Africa, E of Lake Chad: a member of the French Community; formerly part of French Equatorial Africa. 501,000 sq. mi. (1,297,590 sq. km). Capital: N'Djamena.
  3. Chadic.
  4. a male given name.
French Tchad (for defs 1, 2).
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Historical Examples of chad

  • But like a flash Nora got behind her chair, putting it between herself and Chad.

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  • She made a motion of her hand as if dismissing him, but Chad never moved.

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  • Here is the sketch: it's pretty good of Nora, but of course it's a caricature of Chad.

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  • And he isn't up to Chad's tricks, or the set he's got him into.

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  • Phil was speaking sharply,—I wondered Nora and Chad didn't hear him.

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British Dictionary definitions for chad

chad

noun
  1. the small pieces of cardboard or paper removed during the punching of holes in computer printer paper, paper tape, etc

Word Origin for chad

C20: perhaps based on chaff 1

Chad

noun
  1. a republic in N central Africa: made a territory of French Equatorial Africa in 1910; became independent in 1960; contains much desert and the Tibesti Mountains, with Lake Chad in the west; produces chiefly cotton and livestock; suffered intermittent civil war from 1963 and prolonged drought. Official languages: Arabic; French. Religion: Muslim majority, also Christian and animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Ndjamena. Pop: 11 193 452 (2013 est). Area: 1 284 000 sq km (495 750 sq miles)French name: Tchad
  2. Lake Chad a lake in N central Africa: fed chiefly by the Shari River, it has no apparent outlet. Area: at fullest extent 10 000 to 26 000 sq km (4000 to 10 000 sq miles), varying seasonally; it has shrunk considerably in recent years
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Word Origin and History for chad
n.1

also Mr. Chad, graffiti drawing of a head peering over a fence or wall, with the caption, "Wot, no ______?" (the U.S. version usually had "Kilroy was here"), in reaction to shortages and rationing, 1945, British, of unknown origin.

Chad

n.2

African nation, former French colony (Tchad), independent since 1960, named for Lake Chad, which is from a local word meaning "lake, large expanse of water." An ironic name for such a desert country.

n.3

"hanging flap or piece after a hole is punched in paper," a word unknown to most people until the 2000 U.S. presidential election (when the outcome hinged on partially punched paper ballots in some Florida counties), attested by 1930, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chad in Culture

Chad

Landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa, bordered by Sudan to the east; the Central African Republic to the south; Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria to the west; and Libya to the north. N'Djamena is its capital and largest city.

Note

Chad was under French control until 1960.
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