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noun ped·i·gree \ˈpe-də-ˌgrē\

Simple Definition of pedigree

  • : the history of the family members in a person's or animal's past especially when it is good or impressive

  • : the origin and history of something especially when it is good or impressive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pedigree

  1. 1 :  a register recording a line of ancestors

  2. 2 a :  an ancestral line :  lineage b :  the origin and the history of something; broadly :  background, history

  3. 3 a :  a distinguished ancestry b :  the recorded purity of breed of an individual or strain


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Examples of pedigree in a sentence

  1. That horse has an impressive pedigree.

  2. What is the dog's pedigree?

  3. The puppy came with papers proving its pedigree.

  4. Democracy is an idea with a pedigree stretching back to ancient Greece.

  5. The company has an excellent pedigree with over a century in the business.

Origin and Etymology of pedigree

Middle English pedegru, from Anglo-French pé de grue, literally, crane's foot; from the shape made by the lines of a genealogical chart

First Known Use: 15th century

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PEDIGREE Defined for Kids


noun ped·i·gree \ˈpe-də-ˌgrē\

Definition of pedigree for Students

  1. 1 :  a table or list showing the line of ancestors of a person or animal

  2. 2 :  a line of ancestors

Medical Dictionary


noun ped·i·gree \ˈped-ə-ˌgrē\

Medical Definition of pedigree

  1. :  a record of the ancestry of an individual <the pedigree of a diabetic patient>

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