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Definition of "trident" [tri•dent]

  • A long, three-pronged fork or weapon, especially a three-pronged spear used for fishing. (noun)
  • Greek & Roman Mythology The three-pronged spear carried by Neptune or Poseidon. (noun)
  • Having three teeth, prongs, or similar protrusions. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trident" in a sentence
  • "UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My trident is a symbol of honor and heritage, bestowed upon me by the heroes who have gone before."
  • "The trident was the symbol of the emperor's might, but now he used it as a simple weapon, laying the tines against the seal's neck."
  • "He wore a rough cloak, and on his head a broad hat to shade his face, and in his hand he carried a trident, which is a three-pronged fork for spearing fish, and over his shoulder was a casting net."