Triad (Simplified Chinese: ÈýºÏ»á; Traditional Chinese: ÈýºÏ•þ; Pinyin: S¨¡nh¨¦hu¨¬; literally "Triad Society") or (Simplified Chinese: ºÚÉç»á; Traditional Chinese: ºÚÉç•þ; Pinyin: {{{p}}}; literally "Black Society") is a collective term that describes many branches of an underground society and organizations based in Hong Kong and also operating in Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, and Chinatowns in Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

There are more than 57 triad groups that are active in Hong Kong; some of them are no more than small, local street gangs. The larger groups, including the Sun Yee On, Wo Shing Wo and 14K, are syndicates of sophisticated criminals, mirror images of such similar western empires of crime as the mafia.

Their activities include drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal gambling, prostitution, car theft and other forms of racketeering. A major source of triad income today comes from the counterfeiting intellectual property such as computer software, music CDs and movie VCDs/DVDs. They also trade in bootleg tobacco products.
Triads can fuck up the crips, bloods and everyother dirty mexican gang
από bob 16 Ιούνιος 2006
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Chinese Mafia that is known to be the largest gang in China. Similiar to the yakuza
These men are Triads! The most deadliest gang in China!
από Bobby De Niro 1 Μάιος 2004
1. A crime organization started in China a couple of centuries ago that was originally a group of monks who planned to overthrow the ruling monarchial family and replace it with the one that had ruled before it. Currently, they operate primarily throughout Southeast Asia, as well as in cities throughout the east and west coasts of the US, and possibly in a few cities in the UK.

2. In western culture, the ASIAN (AZN would be pronounced azz-nn, you fuckwhits) attept at gangsta status. It's nice to know our fellow Asian-American youths are growing up to idolize drug-dealers, whore-mongerers, and murderers, because I was afraid that you guys might be smart enough to realize just how fucking base and primitive Western culture has become in recent decades, but I guess you're just as stupid as the rest of us, and decided to blend in with the "In" Crowd rather than stand agianst it.
1. The Triads, like the Russian and Italian gangsters, are fucking scary.

2. A few years ago in north Conneticut, a Chinese guy of about 20 years or so slashed his father in the neck over an argument concerning their restaruant business. You just know the Triads were involved.
από C-can 8 Φεβρουάριος 2004
A name for organized crime based in Hong Kong or mainland China, also used to denote a member thereof. Note: You can't say "Jin-Wa belongs to a gang named the Triad." This would be akin to saying "Corleone belongs to a gang named the Mafia." No, you say "Jin-Wa was a Triad," or "Jin-Wa belonged to the Triads." You idiotic ignorant wanna-be bastard movie reviewers who don't know shit.
The Triads will fuck you up hardcore.
από bigtrick 16 Δεκέμβριος 2004
A network of criminal organizations symbolically based in Hong Kong, though it was originally not primarily criminal and based primarily in Shanghai. It is similar to the Sicilian Mafia, and their Palermo is Hong Kong. They flourished in Hong Kong under the British and Japanese, but were largely eradicated on the mainland by Communist law. In time, the communists will remove them from Hong Kong, as well.

Triads are BAD. Drug pushing, prostitution and protection rackets, gun smuggling, and large-scale infiltration of the law. Chinese "mafia" that can fuck up the italians, the russians, the japs, and the blacks in many parts of the world. I'll smile when the last of them is brought into the teeth of Chinese justice.
Yo, you see that big ass dragon tattoo all over that chinese construction worker's back? He's a triad enforcer boy, don't fuck with him.
από John Chao 15 Νοέμβριος 2004
The Sun Yee On Triad, Flying Dragons, Ghost Shadows, Wah Ching, Wo Hop To Triad, 4 Seas, are considered Triads because they're Chinese blooded. They can do organized crime like the Italian Mafia, as well as blast at people, jump people, rob people, shoot out rival gangbangers just like black gangs, & vatos do. The younger heads, that can be just 13 damn years old, do the dirty work for the Dai Lo's to earn their respect. They're usually marked in the gang by showing loyalty, getting tattoos, and cigarette/insense burns all over the body. Prostitution and gambling is the bread and butter for most Triads.
The Triad was getting into trouble with some street gang, so one called his Chinese brothers in Hong Kong to come. So they take the next flight to America and blast the shit out of these faggots and also their family.
από DaKid 30 Ιούλιος 2005
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