Definition of breeding
- she had her breeding at my father's charge
- —William Shakespeare
She became involved in the breeding of sled dogs.
His politeness shows good breeding.
a person who lacks breeding
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: the process by which young animals, birds, etc., are produced by their parents
: the activity of keeping and caring for animals or plants in order to produce more animals or plants of a particular kind
: the way a person was taught in childhood to behave : good manners that come from being raised correctly
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