dachs·​hund | \ ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt How to pronounce dachshund (audio) , -ˌhu̇nd How to pronounce dachshund (audio) ; ˈdäk-sənt; especially British ˈdak-sənd \

Definition of dachshund

: any of a breed of long-bodied, short-legged dogs of German origin that occur in short-haired, long-haired, and wirehaired varieties

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Recent Examples on the Web Wilson Stallings, who has a long-haired dachshund at home, put her own preferences aside for the common good. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Wilson Stallings, who has a long-haired dachshund at home, put her own preferences aside for the common good. Mark Kennedy, Chron, 6 July 2021 Aikey, 23, is the primary caretaker of Penny, her family’s 15-year-old dachshund, who became blind last summer due to glaucoma. Melissa Chan, Time, 7 July 2021 There hadn’t been a wedding at The Glass House since the 1970s—when Andy Warhol and his dachshund were present—so this wasn’t a readily available option. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 11 June 2021 Dear Cathy, My 10-year-old dachshund, Heidi, injured her back jumping out of a recliner. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2021 Distinguished by their long, floppy ears, the crossbreeds became a beloved part of the royal family after one of the queen’s corgis accidentally mated with a dachshund belonging to Princess Margaret, according to Vanity Fair. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2021 The collection, which includes a cavalier spaniel and dachshund, is a play on dogs in military garb. Lia Picard, House Beautiful, 2 Apr. 2021 But Balla’s locomotive dachshund, with its flickering halo of dashes and leaping leash, presents a convincing case to the contrary. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of dachshund

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dachshund

German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog

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“Dachshund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dachshund. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dachshund

: a small type of dog that has a long body, very short legs, and long ears


dachs·​hund | \ ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt How to pronounce dachshund (audio) , ˈdäk-sənt \

Kids Definition of dachshund

: a small dog of German origin with a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears

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