triad

(noun) A group of three.

Examples:

  1. The Three Amigos
  2. The Three Stooges: Larry, Moe, and Curly
  3. Three Little Pigs

Audio Pronunciation: (tri·ad)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: triads
  • A group of three is described as (adjective) triadic or (adjective) triadistic.
  • Also called:
    • ternary
    • ternion
    • threesome
    • trine
    • trinity
    • trio
    • triplicity
    • triumvirate

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How to Cite the Definition of Triad

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “triad.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “triad.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“triad.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/triad/>.