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

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

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 Public figures in the early 20th Century, for instance, preferred the artificial Mid-Atlantic accent, a pretentious hybrid of British and American dialects. Matt Craig, Washington Post, "As the world changes, so will the voice of the hero. Where does that leave Nolan North?," 4 Aug. 2020 Some will start the school year virtually, some will offer in-person instruction and some will offer a hybrid of the two. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin parents: What do you think about the reopening plan for your children's schools?," 1 Aug. 2020 DeShazo said the community college plans to use a hybrid of online and in-person classes in the future. Rachel Blake, Dallas News, "How one Dallas college is continuing culinary classes during the pandemic," 30 July 2020 While the debate over whether to open schools plays out amid the pandemic, most of the UC undergraduate campuses have announced plans for a hybrid of in-class and remote learning. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "For the first time, Latinos make up the majority of freshmen admitted to the University of California," 17 July 2020 For schools that are moving forward with a hybrid of online and in-person instruction, faculty will have to adapt to a new mode of teaching entirely. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Colleges Gear Up for an Uncertain Fall Semester Online," 6 July 2020 The new, exciting addition to these is called PowerBoost, which is Ford-speak for a parallel hybrid. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything we know about the new Ford F-150 truck—including the hybrid," 25 June 2020 Then amp up the fun and scale a 50-foot outdoor climbing wall, play 18-hole disc golf (a quirky hybrid of golf and Frisbee), and ride 200-foot-long waterslides at the on-site water park. Meredith Rollins, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 Most recently, district officials had been exploring a hybrid of in-person and online classes. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: $320,000 in overtime when your base salary is $25,000; It's the life in the LADWP," 14 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Toyota did note that sales of hybrid models increased 15 percent. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Hyundai and Mazda Increase, Toyota Falls as U.S. Auto Sales Show Mixed Results," 3 Aug. 2020 Edina Public Schools Superintendent John Schultz spent the day after Walz’s announcement in back-to-back meetings and on phone calls with school staff, making plans to start the year with all grade levels in a hybrid format. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "Minnesota schools brace for a scramble to the start," 1 Aug. 2020 That’s the word from BAE Systems, the lead contractor on the Tempest fighter, which has left open the possibility the aircraft could be powered by a hybrid electrical or fully electrical system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Will the U.K.’s Tempest Fighter Jet Really Be Battery-Powered?," 15 July 2020 Some classes may be in a hybrid format, while other in-person classes may operate on staggered schedules to reduce the amount of people gathering in one place. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska heads toward fall with evolving plans for reopening campuses," 11 July 2020 About 70% of classes will be offered in-person or in a hybrid format with face-to-face instruction and online learning. Dallas News, "Why pile on international students? They’re building up UTD, UTA and Dallas-Fort Worth," 9 July 2020 All classes will be delivered in a hybrid format, both in person and online. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "What will college look like for Texas students in the fall?," 7 July 2020 Because of health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, festival organizer Heartland Film is skipping indoor theater screenings to adopt a hybrid format of online streaming and outdoor drive-in shows. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy Shorts film festival will be presented both online and at the drive-in," 3 July 2020 Some will use a hybrid format, the letter said, combining both in-person and online class sessions. Dakin Andone, CNN, "USC says most undergraduate classes will be online for fall semester," 2 July 2020

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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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The first known use of hybrid was in 1601

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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hybrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for hybrid

hybrid

noun
How to pronounce hybrid (audio)

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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