a city in and the capital of Chad, in the SW part.
Formerly Fort-Lamy.
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a lake in Africa at the junction of four countries: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. 5000 to 10,000 sq. mi. (13,000 to 26,000 sq. km) (seasonal variation).
Official name Republic of Chad. a republic in N central Africa, E of Lake Chad: a member of the French community; formerly part of French Equatorial Africa. 501,000 sq. mi. (1,297,590 sq. km). Capital: N'Djamena.
a male given name.
French Tchad (for defs 1, 2).
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chad (tʃæd)
the small pieces of cardboard or paper removed during the punching of holes in computer printer paper, paper tape, etc
[C20: perhaps based on chaff1]

Chad (tʃæd)
1.  French name: Tchad a republic in N central Africa: made a territory of French Equatorial Africa in 1910; became independent in 1960; contains much desert and the Tibesti Mountains, with Lake Chad in the west; produces chiefly cotton and livestock; suffered intermittent civil war from 1963 and prolonged drought. Official languages: Arabic; French. Religion: Muslim majority, also Christian and animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Ndjamena. Pop: 8 854 000 (2004 est). Area: 1 284 000 sq km (495 750 sq miles)
2.  Lake Chad a lake in N central Africa: fed chiefly by the Shari River, it has no apparent outlet. Area: at fullest extent 10 000 to 26 000 sq km (4000 to 10 000 sq miles), varying seasonally; it has shrunk considerably in recent years

Ndjamena or N'djamena (əndʒɑːˈmeɪnə)
Former name (until 1973): Fort Lamy the capital of Chad, in the southwest, at the confluence of the Shari and Logone Rivers: trading centre for livestock. Pop: 866 000 (2005 est)
N'djamena or N'djamena

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also Mr. Chad graffiti drawing of a head peering over a fence or wall, with the caption, "Wot, no ______?" (the U.S. version usually had "Kilroy was here"), protesting shortages and rationing, 1945, British, of unknown origin.

African nation, former Fr. colony (Tchad), independent since 1960, named for Lake Chad, from a local word meaning "lake, large expanse of water."

"hanging flap or piece after a hole is punched in paper," unknown to most people until the 2000 U.S. presidential election (when the outcome hinged on partially punched paper ballots in some Florida counties), attested by 1930, of unknown origin.
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Chad definition

Landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa, bordered by Sudan to the east; the Central African Republic to the south; Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria to the west; and Libya to the north. N'Djamena is its capital and largest city.

Note: Chad was under French control until 1960.
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