[ 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 formsen·ne·ad·ic, adjective
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/ (ˈɛnɪˌæd) /


a group or series of nine
the sum of or number nine
Derived Formsenneadic, adjective

Word Origin for ennead

C17: from Greek enneas, from ennea nine
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Word Origin and History for ennead



"group of nine things," 1650s, from Greek enneas (genitive enneados) "group of nine," from ennea "nine" (cognate with Sanskrit nava, Latin novem, Gothic niun, Old English nigun; see nine).

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