Main definitions of spad in English

: spad1Spad2SPAD3

spad1

noun

British informal
  • A person whose job is to give political advice to government ministers.

    ‘she went to work as a spad for the shadow security minister’

Origin

Early 21st century short for special adviser.

Pronunciation

spad

/spad/

Main definitions of Spad in English

: spad1Spad2SPAD3

Spad2

noun

  • The name of a number of French fighter aircraft used in the First World War.

Origin

Early 20th century acronym from Société pour Aviation et ses dérivés, the company who designed the aircraft.

Pronunciation

Spad

/spad/

Main definitions of SPAD in English

: spad1Spad2SPAD3

SPAD3

abbreviation

British
  • (on a railway) signal passed at danger.

Pronunciation

SPAD

/spad/