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

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

Pronunciation

SPAD

/spad/