Complete Definition of "triad"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/tɹaɪ.æd/

Noun
triad (triads)

  1. A grouping of three
  2. A chord in music consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.

Translations
German: Dreiklang m (2)

Noun
triad (triads)

  1. A collective term that describes many branches of the underground society based in Hong Kong.

Etymology
rfc-level|Etymology not at level 3
Coined by the British authorities in Hong Kong, referring to the triangular shape of the Chinese character for "secret society".

Translations
Cantonese: ä¸åæ
German: Triade

See also
mafia
tong
yakuza
w:en:Triad|Wikipedia article on triads

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