breeding

noun breed·ing

Definition of breeding

  1. 1 :  the action or process of bearing or generating

  2. 2 :  ancestry

  3. 3a archaic :  education she had her breeding at my father's charge — William Shakespeareb :  training in or observance of the proprieties

  4. 4 :  the sexual propagation of plants or animals

Examples of breeding in a Sentence

  1. She became involved in the breeding of sled dogs.

  2. His politeness shows good breeding.

  3. a person who lacks breeding

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First Known Use of breeding

14th century



BREEDING Defined for English Language Learners

breeding

noun

Definition of breeding for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BREEDING Defined for Kids

breeding

noun breed·ing \ˈbrē-diŋ\

Definition of breeding for Students

  1. :  training especially in manners



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