# What is the difference between a trapezoid and a rhombus?

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Nov 15, 2015

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The sides' length and number of pairs of parallel sides. See explanation.

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A trapezoid is a quadrilateral with **at least** one pair of parallel sides (called bases), while a rhombus must have **two** pairs of parallel sides (it is a special case of a parallelogram).

The second difference is that the sides of a rhombus are **all equal**, while a trapezoid may have all 4 sides of a different length.

The other difference is the angles: a rhombus has (like all parallelograms) two pairs of equal angles, while there are no limitations to angles of a trapezoid (of course there are limitations which apply to all quadrilaterals like: the sum of all angles are 360 degrees).

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