Labrador retriever

Lab·​ra·​dor retriever | \ ˈla-brə-ˌdȯr- How to pronounce Labrador retriever (audio) \

Definition of Labrador retriever

: any of a breed of medium-sized strongly built retrievers largely developed in England from stock originating in Newfoundland and having a short dense black, yellow, or chocolate coat and a thick rounded tail

called also Lab, Labrador

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First Known Use of Labrador retriever

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Labrador retriever

Labrador, Newfoundland

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The first known use of Labrador retriever was in 1845

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“Labrador retriever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Labrador retriever

: a medium to large short-haired dog that is black, yellow, or brown in color

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