breeder

noun
breed·​er | \ ˈbrē-dər How to pronounce breeder (audio) \

Definition of breeder

: one that breeds: such as
a : an animal or plant kept for propagation
b : one engaged in the breeding of a specified organism
c : a nuclear reactor designed to produce more fissionable material than it uses as fuel

called also breeder reactor

Examples of breeder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The Itoh peonies, bred in Japan in the 1940s by Toichi Itoh, weren’t available in the United States until the last 25 years or so after American breeders got a hold of them. oregonlive.com, "How to grow beautiful peonies in Oregon," 2 July 2019 Other states with more than five breeders are Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska and New York. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Missouri is the 'horrible' puppy mills capital, report says. Many are listed by name | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018 What concerns us is that, for an animal breeder, this behavior can result in the dreaded problem of unicolorization before breeding can even start. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Why Are There Two Sexes?’," 28 July 2017 Huskies are being targeted by breeders who capitalize on the demand for the Games of Thrones breed (several of the dogs in the show are relatives of huskies). Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Game Of Thrones Wants You To Stop Buying "Direwolf" Dog Breeds," 16 Apr. 2019 Most of the organization’s canines come from shelters, along with a small number of purebreds donated by breeders. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "For military veterans suffering from PTSD, are service dogs good therapy?," 27 Mar. 2018 Kloepher enlisted the help of Cooper Sallade, a respected viper breeder in Richmond, who agreed to raise the bifurcated snake on a strictly confidential basis. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake," 13 June 2019 That was certainly the case with Aleksandar Gligoric, a dog breeder from Serbia who named his online dog store Frenchie World. Alex Williams, ajc, "Is your dog ready to be an Instagram star?," 25 Feb. 2018 The video also mentions avoiding breeders and pet shops once you've properly researched husky care. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Game Of Thrones Wants You To Stop Buying "Direwolf" Dog Breeds," 16 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'breeder.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of breeder

1531, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about breeder

Statistics for breeder

Last Updated

17 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for breeder

The first known use of breeder was in 1531

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for breeder

breeder

noun
breed·​er

Medical Definition of breeder

: one that breeds: as
a : an animal or plant kept for propagation
b : one engaged in the breeding of a specified organism

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on breeder

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with breeder

Spanish Central: Translation of breeder

Nglish: Translation of breeder for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of breeder for Arabic Speakers

Comments on breeder

What made you want to look up breeder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!