hybrid

noun
hy·brid | \ˈhī-brəd \

Definition of hybrid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an offspring of two animals or plants of different races (see race entry 3 sense 3a), 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

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Other Words from hybrid

Noun

hybrid adjective
hybridism \ˈhī-brə-ˌdi-zəm \ noun
hybridity \hī-ˈbri-də-tē \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hybrid

Synonyms: Noun

cross, crossbred, crossbreed, intercross, mongrel

Synonyms: Adjective

cold-blooded (or coldblood), cross, crossbred, mixed, mongrel

Antonyms: Adjective

blooded, full-blood, full-blooded, purebred, thoroughbred

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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

The beauty of the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid sneaks up on you. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The Washington Post’s Ben Guarino reports that to produce the hybrid embryos, scientists retrieved the southern females’ eggs with a 60-inch-long instrument that enables the collection of ovarian tissue. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018 Scheduled to open this fall, the anchor is the state’s first Flix Brewhouse, a hybrid movie theater and brewery. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018 Its most recent release, Prebiotic Emulsion, is a three-in-one hybrid that can be used as a moisturizer, primer or intensive weekly treatment. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Styling a Sense of Self," 6 June 2018 Ford’s first plug-in hybrid in China, the Mondeo Energi, went on sale last month. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions," 22 Apr. 2018 Ford’s first plug-in hybrid in China, the Mondeo Energi, went on sale last month. Washington Post, "China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions," 21 Apr. 2018 As a plug-in hybrid, the Clarity steps over the biggest impediment in consumers' minds about battery electrics: limited range. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Put simply, it’s complicated," 19 Apr. 2018 The Outlander plug-in hybrid on sale now introduces a hot new technology to the compact SUV segment that’s taking the market by storm. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Mitsubishi Outlander plugs into practicality," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The battery for these electric or plug-in hybrid cars is a big deal. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 As with music, publishers are learning that controlling the platform can be more lucrative than owning the content — a shift that has underwritten a variety of publisher experiments with open or hybrid access models. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 The book takes place in Shanghai, a hybrid city – part frenetic-metropolis and part historical-monument, constantly morphed by both Chinese and global influences. Grace Z. Li, USA TODAY, "Chinese-American expat family drama sparks Lucy Tan's promising debut novel," 10 July 2018 Indeed, three of the fastest performance models ever built used hybrid drivetrains, including the Porsche 917 Spyder, Ferrari’s La Ferrari and McLaren’s P1. NBC News, "Luxury electric cars lure buyers on performance, not the planet," 9 July 2018 The menu offers a familiar array of coffee options, plus several styles of tea, including hybrid flavors and more experimental styles. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Plant yourself at this new spot now open for coffee, tea in Boise," 5 July 2018 The Charlotte Area Transit System has invested in hybrid buses. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte City Council approves sweeping pledge to lower carbon emissions," 25 June 2018 Meanwhile, Drake’s rise to stardom represented a breakthrough for male sensitivity in hip-hop, on display in an aesthetic swerve toward sinuously hybrid songs in which rap bleeds into singing against purpled and luminous soundscapes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 In other words, the objective was to see if the zero-pollution buses were financially viable alternatives to conventional diesel and diesel hybrid buses already in use. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: State's Fuel Cell Bus Fleet Fades Away, After Initial Hopes Of Pollution-Free Transit," 23 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for hybrid

hybrid

noun
hy·brid | \ˈhī-brəd \

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 \

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 \ noun
hybridity \hī-ˈbrid-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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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