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dyad

Definition of Dyad

(noun) A group of two.

Examples of Dyad

Dyad Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈdaɪˌæd/
    • British English
      • /ˈdʌɪad/
  • Syllabification: (dy·ad)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: dyads
  • Georg Simmel (1858–1918) noted that the difference between a dyad and triad (group of three) is there are opportunities in a triad for two members to form a coalition against the other.
  • The smallest group.
  • If one individual leaves a dyad, a group ceases to exist.
  • Informally called:
    • couple
    • duad
    • duo
    • pair
    • twosome
  • Batman and Robin are a (adjectivedyadic group.

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Cite the Definition of Dyad

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dyad.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 15, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/dyad/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

dyad. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/dyad/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dyad.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/dyad/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“dyad.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/dyad/>.