Definition of trident in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrīdnt/


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1A three-pronged spear, especially as an attribute of Poseidon (Neptune) or Britannia.
Example sentences
  • The yatras have in the past sparked clashes in Ahmedabad as Hindu devotees - armed with swords, tridents and spears - hurled anti-Muslim insults from atop chariots and trucks.
  • There are also warriors armed with swords, tridents and other weapons.
  • The riders bore broad kite shields for added defence, and struck out with curved scimitars and tridents.
1.1 (Trident) A US design of submarine-launched long-range ballistic missile.
Example sentences
  • The Ohio class submarine is equipped with the Trident strategic ballistic missile.
  • It's a Trident ballistic missile submarine that's home ported in Farmington, Washington.
  • For the time being though, anti - capitalist activity in Scotland is focused on the Trident nuclear missile submarines at Faslane.


Late Middle English: from Latin trident-, from tri- 'three' + dens, dent- 'tooth'.

  • tooth from Old English:

    An Old English word from an ancient root shared by Latin dens, the source of dental (late 16th century), dentist (mid 18th century), trident (late 16th century) ‘three teeth’, and indent. To fight tooth and nail was in the 16th century to fight with tooth and nail. Although in a real fight this would mean ‘by biting and scratching’, the phrase is almost always used of non-physical struggles. To set someone's teeth on edge is to cause them intense irritation. The expression comes from the Bible, and expresses the unpleasant sensation felt when you have bitten into something that is bitter or sour: ‘Every man that hath eaten the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge’ (Jeremiah). See also hen

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Syllabification: tri·dent

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