from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of north-central Africa. Once part of French Equatorial Africa, it became independent in 1960. N'Djamena is the capital and the largest city.
  • Lake,A shallow lake of north-central Africa in Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria. It has greatly diminished in size since the 1970s.

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  • proper noun A male given name. Also a modern nickname for Charles, Chadwick and similar-sounding names
  • proper noun UK The British version of the "Kilroy was here" graffiti.
  • proper noun A country in Central Africa. Official name: Republic of Chad.


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Old English Ceadda, of obscure meaning; name of a seventh century saint, revived in the 20th century.

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Believed to be from Kanuri tsade ("lake", after Lake Chad)



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  • Cf. chad

    May 26, 2010


    But many incels have a much more sinister, and specific, worldview — one that the Southern Poverty Law Center sees as part of a dangerous trend toward male radicalization online. These incels post obsessively about so-called “Chads,” meaning sexually successful and attractive men, and “Stacys,” attractive, promiscuous women who sleep with the Chads. Both are positioned as unattainable: The Chad is the masculine ideal, one incel men cannot emulate for reasons of poor genetics, while the Stacy is whom every incel man wants to sleep with but cannot because they aren’t a Chad.

    April 25, 2018