brood·​mare ˈbrüd-ˌmer How to pronounce broodmare (audio)
: a mare kept for breeding

Examples of broodmare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zenyatta’s success on the track has not yet translated into success as a broodmare. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 While the number of broodmares has remained consistent, the stallion population has dwindled. Joe Drape, New York Times, 4 May 2023 Jane bought Lil Indy, a $2,200 horse as a yearling, for more than a million dollars to be a broodmare. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, 16 Nov. 2022 This was immediately pounced on by critics who noted the broodmare implications. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Pope had previously paid $10 million for Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in 2012 at a Fasig-Tipton sale – a world record for a broodmare prospect – before dropping another $4.2 million the following day on Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 Unless the ownership group changes its mind on this 5-year-old mare, she will be sold, probably to spend time as a broodmare. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2020 The daughter of the Godolphin Arabian, considered ‘Queen of the Turf,’ also gained fame as a broodmare. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 3 Oct. 2020 The son of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew was leading sire in 2003 and 2006 and leading broodmare in 2015, according to Bloodhorse. Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, 22 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of broodmare was in 1753

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“Broodmare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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