Definition of triskaidekaphobia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtriskīˌdekəˈfōbēə/ /ˌtrɪskaɪˌdɛkəˈfoʊbiə/


  • Extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen.

    ‘That test included words to spell such as ‘revelry’ and ‘triskaidekaphobia.’’
    • ‘Surely Stoica could not have been suffering from triskaidekaphobia (that's fear of the number 13, for the trivia fans among you).’
    • ‘I've below gathered a collection of passages concerning the folklore and superstition regarding both Friday the 13 th and triskaidekaphobia - the fear of the number 13.’


Early 20th century from Greek treiskaideka ‘thirteen’+ -phobia.