Boston terrier


: any of a breed of small smooth-coated terriers originating as a cross of the bulldog and bull terrier and being brindled or black with white markings

called also Boston bull

Examples of Boston terrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The couple knew Doug was ready too, after watching the pug quickly befriend a dog the family was pet-sitting, Birdie the Boston terrier. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 4 June 2024 Two Boston terriers were also in the car, the arrest report stated. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 18 Mar. 2024 Two Boston terriers were in the backseat but were rescued, and the woman was taken into custody. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Wingate lived in her Toyota Camry for a while and, in August, moved into a tent at City Hall with Roscoe, her 50-pound pug and Boston terrier mix. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 The motley crew of mutts include the scruffy border terrier Reggie (Ferrell), Boston terrier Bug (Foxx), Australian shepherd Maggie (Fisher), and Great Dane Hunter (Park). Devan Coggan,, 15 Aug. 2023 The couple have been married for 11 years and live with their Boston terriers Ginger and Katie. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 Little Wilbur, a Boston terrier that weighs 19 pounds soaking wet, doesn’t look like an athlete. Brent Frazee, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Once left on his own, Reggie quickly falls in with Bug (Jamie Foxx), a tough, potty-mouthed Boston terrier with a fierce independent streak and strict set of rules that doesn’t include humans. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Boston terrier was in 1892

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“Boston terrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

Boston terrier

: any of a U.S. breed of small short-haired dogs having erect ears and a broad flat face

called also Boston bull

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