(1)   A family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
(2)   A landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa; was under French control until 1960
(3)   A lake in north central Africa; fed by the Shari river
(4)   A small piece of paper that is supposed to be removed when a hole is punched in a card or paper tape

Proper noun

  1. A country in Central Africa. Official name: Republic of Chad.

Etymology 2

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

Proper noun

  1. . Also a modern nickname for Charles, Chadwick and similar-sounding names
  2. The British version of the graffiti.

  • 1993 Jonathan Kellerman, Devil's Waltz, Random House 1998, ISBN 0345460715, page 26:
    "What else? Anyway, here's the genealogy: Charles Junior's only son is Charles the Third - like royalty. He goes by Chip - Cassie's daddy. The mom is Cindy. The dead son was Chad - Charles the Fourth."
    "All Cs," I said. "Sounds like they like order."
  • 1995 Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album, Faber and Faber, ISBN 0571150861, pages 88, 90
    'He used to be called Trevor Buss.'
    'Chad? I don't believe you.' - - -
    'He changed his name into Muhammad Shahabuddin Ali-Shah.'
    'He'd insist on the whole name. He played football and his mates got fed up saying, "Pass the ball, Muhammad Shahabuddin Ali-Shah" - - - No one passed to him. So he became Chad.'