grey·​hound ˈgrā-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce greyhound (audio)
: any of a breed of tall slender graceful smooth-coated dogs characterized by swiftness and keen sight and used for coursing game and racing
also : any of several related dogs compare Italian greyhound

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Examples of greyhound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back in 2016, Kylie's Italian greyhounds Norman and Bambi became parents to two puppies. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 There was also a long-legged greyhound named Vinegar Tom, a black rabbit called Sacke and Sugar, and a polecat. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, people with long-nose breeds like greyhounds said the collar was too short, and their pet’s nose stuck out. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 Dear Amy: Recently, my husband and I lost our sweet greyhound. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 That’s up there with Shiba Inus (14.6), papillons (14.5), miniature dachshunds and Italian greyhounds (14). Amanda Schupak, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 The Reel showed off the six dolls, which also come with accessories including a miniature Norman — Jenner’s Italian greyhound — and a red carpet rope barrier. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 O’Donnell and Vornado had an ownership interest in the old Wonderland greyhound track in Revere for years through a firm called CBW Lending, but Mayor Brian Arrigo signed an order in November to acquire the Wonderland property by eminent domain to put a new high school there. Jon Chesto,, 21 Feb. 2023 In fact, Italian greyhounds were bred in Italy as companion dogs for wealthy people, often royalty. Nicole Letts, Southern Living, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Middle English grehound, from Old English grīghund, from grīg- (akin to Old Norse grey bitch) + hund hound

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greyhound was before the 12th century

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“Greyhound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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grey·​hound ˈgrā-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce greyhound (audio)
: any of a breed of tall slender swift dogs with a smooth coat and narrow head

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