hybrid

noun
hy·​brid | \ ˈhī-brəd How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \

Definition of hybrid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an offspring of two animals or plants of different subspecies, breeds, varieties, species, or genera a hybrid of two roses
2 : a person whose background is a blend of two diverse cultures or traditions
3a : something heterogeneous in origin or composition : composite hybrids of complementary DNA and RNA strands a hybrid of medieval and Renaissance styles
b : something (such as a power plant, vehicle, or electronic circuit) that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function drives a hybrid that gets really good mileage

hybrid

adjective

Definition of hybrid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : relating to or produced from parents of different species, varieties, or breeds a hybrid rose hybrid cattle
2 : having or produced by a combination of two or more distinct elements : marked by heterogeneity in origin, composition, or appearance … difficulties with normal English are … its hybrid vocabulary and the irregularities of English spelling.— G. A. Miller a hybrid style
3 : having two different types of components performing essentially the same function a hybrid vehicle

Other Words from hybrid

Noun

hybridism \ ˈhī-​brə-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbri-​də-​tē How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hybrid

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of hybrid in a Sentence

Noun a hybrid of two roses The band plays a hybrid of jazz and rock.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s plenty to talk about with the new Volvo XC60 Recharge T8, a plug-in hybrid. cleveland, 24 Sep. 2022 The special model is a GT63 S E-Performance hybrid that's painted in tennis-ball yellow. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 23 Sep. 2022 The event was all virtual in 2020 and hybrid in 2021. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Ben Kimbro, public affairs director for Trulieve, has previously spoken at public hearings on Trulieve’s intention to turn The Healing Corner into a hybrid-retailer offering recreational cannabis. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 23 Sep. 2022 In an innovative hybrid arrangement, Cambodian and international jurists were paired at every stage, and a majority had to assent for a case to go forward. Sopheng Cheang, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Such is the case with Kim Kardashian’s latest updo, a bun-ponytail hybrid that exudes effortless cool. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2022 In an innovative hybrid arrangement, Cambodian and international jurists were paired at every stage, and a majority had to assent for a case to go forward. Time, 22 Sep. 2022 Middle managers are stuck on the ground, figuring out what hybrid plans look like and trying to boost morale while pushing a largely reticent group back to their desks. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Having less access to work resources and feeling less connected to company culture ranked among the top disadvantages of hybrid work, according to a recent Gallup poll of more than 8,000 remote-capable workers. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2022 Having less access to work resources and feeling less connected to company culture ranked among the top disadvantages of hybrid work, according to a recent Gallup poll of more than 8,000 remote-capable workers. Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2022 Having less access to work resources and feeling less connected to company culture ranked among the top disadvantages of hybrid work, according to a recent Gallup poll of more than 8,000 remote-capable workers. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 Many of the new features hone in on Microsoft’s vision for the future of hybrid work. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 As the height of the COVID-19 pandemic appears behind us, other workers are asking for hybrid work or flexible hours and our resisting going back to the office full time. James Brown, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 This stems from the view that hybrid work—employees dividing their time between the office and home—will eventually result in two computers per worker as the new normal. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2022 More options for remote work and hybrid work may also reduce stress for employees. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Ben Schlossberg, managing member at Shelbourne, said Monday that tenants are downsizing office space leases not only at 20 Church but at other marquee towers downtown, as a result of the emerging hybrid workplace era. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hybrid

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hybrid

Noun

Latin hybrida

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hybrid

noun
hy·​brid | \ ˈhī-brəd How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \

Kids Definition of hybrid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an animal or plant whose parents differ in some hereditary characteristic or belong to different groups (as breeds or species)
2 : something that is of mixed origin or composition The car is a hybrid that runs on gas or electricity.

hybrid

adjective

Kids Definition of hybrid (Entry 2 of 2)

: of mixed origin : of or relating to a hybrid hybrid species

hybrid

noun
hy·​brid | \ ˈhī-brəd How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \

Medical Definition of hybrid

1 : an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera
2 : something heterogeneous in origin or composition artificial hybrids of DNA and RNA somatic cell hybrids of mouse and human cells

Other Words from hybrid

hybrid adjective
hybridism \ -​brə-​ˌdiz-​əm How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbrid-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hybrid (audio) \ noun, plural hybridities

hybrid

adjective
hy·​brid | \ ˈhī-brid \

Legal Definition of hybrid

: consisting of diverse components: as
a : of, relating to, or being a lawsuit brought by an employee under the Labor Management Relations Act against both the employer for breach of contract and the union for breach of the duty of fair representation
b : of, relating to, or being representation of a criminal defendant in which the defendant represents himself or herself with the assistance of a lawyer

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