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 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 How to pronounce hybridism (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbri-​də-​tē How to pronounce hybridity (audio) \ 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

DANCE DJ-cum-sneakerhead Zedd came out to Brooklyn’s 1Hotel on Monday (August 5) in celebration of Columbia Sportswear’s new SH/FT line, a collection of new sneaker/hiking shoe hybrids. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Zedd Talks Upcoming Orbit Tour & Testing Out Columbia's New Shoe Line: 'To Me, Shoes Are Art'," 7 Aug. 2019 The Salk Institute’s Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte has been working with researchers in China to produce human-monkey chimeras or hybrid embryos. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biotech Notebook: Human-monkey chimeras, outsmarting outbreaks, Alzheimer’s and more.," 2 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, Joanna Jasińska reports for Polish outlet the First News, scientists working out of the country’s Chorzów zoo successfully transferred a hybrid embryo into a southern female. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousin," 1 Aug. 2019 That, too, was probably behind the hybrid deadlines for the Giants and Mets, who both bought and sold, ostensibly to be flexible but likely an admission that spending your chips on a longshot is a fool’s gamble. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Biggest Questions Remaining After the MLB Trade Deadline," 1 Aug. 2019 Eitvydas Bajarunas, the Lithuanian foreign ministry’s top official for hybrid threats, tells the story of men spotted in a wooded area near Vilnius. The Economist, "How the Baltic states spot the Kremlin’s agents," 1 Aug. 2019 IndyCar, the top open-wheel racing series in the United States, just announced that its racecars will use hybrid powertrains starting in 2022. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "IndyCar will race 900-horsepower hybrid cars starting in 2022," 1 Aug. 2019 As mentioned, none of the other 11 scholarship receivers — including wide receiver/tight end hybrid Zach Williams — has started a Division I game. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats’ battle for playing time at receiver is wide open," 31 July 2019 As one Vulture writer found out the hard way, Witherspoon’s self-professed lifestyle seems like something only a Martha Stewart-Tasmanian Devil hybrid could keep up. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Human–animal hybrid embryos have been made in countries such as the United States, but never brought to term. David Cyranoski, Scientific American, "Japan Approves First Human-Animal Embryo Experiments," 9 Aug. 2019 Automakers like Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, and even American stalwarts Ford and General Motors have responded by promising to introduce dozens of new electric and hybrid models. Alex Davies, WIRED, "An Old-School Auto Supplier Is Betting on an Electric Future," 8 Aug. 2019 If experiments with hybrid embryos prove successful, these eggs could then be used to create fully northern rhino embryos rather than northern rhino sperm and southern rhino egg embryos. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousin," 1 Aug. 2019 At the close of June, China cut government subsidies to manufacturers by half on average for electric and hybrid vehicles. Echo Huang, Quartz, "A sudden surge in passenger car sales didn’t revive China’s cratering auto market," 10 July 2019 There are more concerns that electric cars and hybrid cars are going to get more and more popular. Clifford Krauss, BostonGlobe.com, "US oil companies find energy independence isn’t so profitable," 30 June 2019 The Craisins’ rise in the early 2000s encouraged many growers to plant more and swap for a higher-yielding hybrid version. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "U.S. Cranberry Industry Feels the Bite of Retaliatory Tariffs," 5 Aug. 2018 The Youth Army jettisoned the Communist bits, emerging as a kind of hybrid version of the scouts and a reserve officers training program, with an emphasis on patriotism and national service. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Patriotic Youth Army Takes Russian Kids Back to the Future," 22 Mar. 2018 Some breeders are working to stabilize the genetics of cultivars, creating commercially viable F1 hybrid seeds. Hannah Wallace, WIRED, "High Drama: A Cannabis Biotech Company Roils Small Growers," 24 July 2019

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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

English Language Learners Definition of hybrid

: an animal or plant that is produced from two animals or plants of different kinds
: something that is formed by combining two or more things

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 hybridism (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbrid-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hybridity (audio) \ noun, plural hybridities

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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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