\ ˈchad How to pronounce chad (audio) \

Definition of chad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: small pieces of paper or cardboard produced in punching paper tape or data cards also : a piece of chad


geographical name
\ ˈchad How to pronounce Chad (audio) \
variants: or French Tchad

Definition of Chad (Entry 2 of 2)

landlocked country in north central Africa; capital N'Djamena; a republic; until 1959 a territory of French Equatorial Africa area 495,755 square miles (1,284,000square kilometers), population 15,833,000

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Other Words from chad


chadless \ ˈchad-​ləs How to pronounce Chad (audio) \ adjective

Geographical name

Chadian \ ˈcha-​dē-​ən How to pronounce Chad (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of chad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fight brewing over these ballots is poised to become critical in future legal challenges; postmarks may become the hanging chad of 2020. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "The Count Begins in Pennsylvania: “It’s Going to Be a Wild Ride”," 3 Nov. 2020 For all of the state’s foibles, from Florida Man to hanging chads, Florida remains a microcosm of the country, a mirror reflecting the contradictions and divisions of the national electorate. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Can Democrats Win Back Florida?," 16 Mar. 2020 This horsehair brush is an excellent tool to send scattered debris to the bin: pistachio shells, three-hole-punch chads, soil from the succulent garden. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Essential Gear For Keeping Your Workspace Tidy," 18 Feb. 2020 Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic Vote totals aren't in yet but no one at the UAW or Ford is expecting hanging chads. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW Ford workers to close Round 2 of contract negotiations; Fiat Chrysler next," 15 Nov. 2019 Yes, that Broward County, ground zero of the infamous hanging chads controversy from the 2000 presidential election when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Screenwriter Running for Office in Florida’s Broward County," 30 Nov. 2019 In the hanging-chad 2000 election, George W. Bush paid no discernible political price for his party’s irrational exuberance in impeaching Clinton. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "1998 Was a Seinfeld Election—Not an Impeachment Referendum," 6 June 2019 There was the 2000 cliffhanger with its manual recounts, dimpled chads and butterfly ballots, and seven-hour waits in 2012 that shamed a Republican Legislature into expanding early voting days and locations. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Florida's election experts still worried about keeping hackers out | Miami Herald," 27 May 2018 The bill would drive a stake through the heart of paperless voting America's approach to elections has changed dramatically since 2000, when butterfly ballots and hanging chads threw a presidential election into chaos. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of chad


1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chad


origin unknown

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“Chad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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