bull·​mas·​tiff | \ ˈbu̇l-ˈma-stəf also ˈbəl- How to pronounce bullmastiff (audio) \

Definition of bullmastiff

: 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 The dog, described as a bullmastiff-pit bull cross, growled and barked at the officers, police said. Sandra Gomez-aceves, courant.com, "Bristol Police: Officer Shot Dog After He Was Bit," 22 Dec. 2017 From chihuahuas training to be service dogs to bullmastiffs learning how to stand in the show ring, canines come to the club’s weekly training sessions at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Santa Clara dog training club breeds connections between its members," 15 Feb. 2017 Truman is an elderly bullmastiff with a mind of its own that Julian, with his son at university, considers his second child. Kenneth Turan, courant.com, "Seven Screenings Of 'Truman' At Atheneum," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of bullmastiff

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullmastiff.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullmastiff. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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