[ sid; Spanish theed ]
/ sɪd; Spanish θid /


The,El Cid CampeadorRodrigo Díaz de Bivar, c1040–99, Spanish soldier: hero of the wars against the Moors.
(italics) Le. Le Cid.

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Le Cid

[ French luh seed ]
/ French lə ˈsid /


a drama (1636) by Corneille.

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or cid, CID


cubic-inch displacement: the displacement of an engine measured in cubic inches: My old car had a 302 c.i.d. engine.

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Criminal Investigation Department of Scotland Yard. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cid (1 of 2)


/ (sɪd, Spanish θið) /


El or the. original name Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. ?1043–99, Spanish soldier and hero of the wars against the Moors

British Dictionary definitions for cid (2 of 2)


abbreviation for

(in Britain) Criminal Investigation Department; the detective division of a police force
cruel, inhumane, and degrading: denoting the brutal and demeaning treatment of prisoners
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Word Origin and History for cid


1680s, from Spanish cid "chief, commander," from Arabic sayyid "lord." A title given in Spanish literature to Castilian nobleman and warlord Ruy Diaz, Count of Bivar (c.1040-1099).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper