[ en-ee-ad ]
/ ˈɛn iˌæd /


a group of nine persons or things.
Egyptian Religion.
  1. (initial capital letter) a group of nine related deities, including Osiris, Isis, and Set, whose lineage and functions were arranged and explained by the theologians of Heliopolis.
  2. any group of deities arranged in a similar way, often more or less than nine in number.

Origin of ennead

1645–55; < Greek ennead- (stem of enneás), equivalent to enné(a) nine + -ad- -ad1

Related forms

en·ne·ad·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ennead


/ (ˈɛnɪˌæd) /


a group or series of nine
the sum of or number nine

Derived Forms

enneadic, adjective

Word Origin for ennead

C17: from Greek enneas, from ennea nine
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