bull·​mas·​tiff ˈbu̇l-ˈma-stəf How to pronounce bullmastiff (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
: any of a breed of large powerful dogs developed in England by crossing bulldogs with mastiffs

Examples of bullmastiff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the top left corner, the bullmastiff's right ear is in a shape of Ohio, the team's home state. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 13 June 2023 Upon entering, you might even be greeted by a big dog named Satchmo, a bullmastiff who lives in the bar. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 5 July 2023 Football: The nose of the bullmastiff is in the shape of a football. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 13 June 2023 In 2015, the black lab-bullmastiff mix dog began commuting without Young two to three times a week after sneaking on the bus alone while Young was smoking a cigarette. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2022 Eclipse, the black lab-bullmastiff mix who achieved fame by riding to the park alone, died Friday. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 Stallone's new tattoo features a profile shot of the bullmastiff who died in 1981 from a heart attack, according to multiple outlets. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2022 From smaller breeds like the hairy, lovable Puli to larger dog breeds like the bullmastiff, these dog breeds are smart, fearless, and faithful. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 18 Apr. 2022 My bullmastiff will typically join me every step of the way. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, 12 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullmastiff was in 1830

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“Bullmastiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullmastiff. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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: any of a breed of large powerful dogs developed by crossing bulldogs with mastiffs

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