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

Good News’s pair are the perfect hybrid of office-appropriate and after-work cool. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Platform Sneakers Are Just the Boost Your Spring Style Needs," 24 Apr. 2019 Road tests are being done this summer with diesel-hybrid and battery buses, Metro spokesman Scott Gutierrez said. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 27 Aug. 2018 Toyota, the country’s largest automaker, pioneered gasoline-electric hybrids but has long been skeptical about consumers’ appetite for cars that run on batteries alone. Jonathan Soble, New York Times, "As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind," 9 Jan. 2018 Rather than EVs and hybrids complementing the main business of selling combustion road cars, EVs are to become the main business. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Year Electric Car Racing Gets Real," 11 Dec. 2018 Some of them are even plug-in hybrids, and for people who don’t want to buy gas at all, there are pure electrics available. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Indoraptor Without spoiling too much, Indoraptor is Indominus rex Part 2, another mutant dinosaur hybrid created in a lab to be exploited by bad men in suits for profit. Emma Stefansky, GQ, "The Definitive Jurassic Park Dinosaur Power Rankings," 21 June 2018 And because some coyotes once mated with wolves or dogs, resulting hybrids developed traits to help them adapt in new environments. New York Times, "Coyotes Conquered North America. Now They’re Heading South.," 24 May 2018 Below the dam, white bass and hybrids can be caught. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Better prospects ahead following last week's cold front," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The point is, the Ferrari's hybrid bits are as much about, if not more so, going faster while complying with ever-tightening fuel-economy regulations. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 Sales in the hybrid information-technology segment—the company’s largest—also declined 4% to $5.6 billion. ... Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Boosts Outlook Despite Falling Revenue," 23 May 2019 The industry has agreed to cut greenhouse emissions in half by 2050, a far costlier exercise that will involve new hull designs and hybrid propulsion systems. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Singapore Ready to Supply Clean Ship Fuel," 9 Apr. 2019 In addition to the upcoming hybrid celebration of both Easter and the Queen's birthday, the royal family has much to look forward to this April. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Easter Will Be Extra Special for the Royal Family This Year," 2 Apr. 2019 The new periscope telephoto camera offers 10x hybrid zoom and up to 50x digital zoom. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei’s P30 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ on power, price, and photography," 26 Mar. 2019 The end result seems to be a hybrid approach — giving defendants the option to plead guilty and be sentenced in the same day, as in Tucson, while also building in an additional four days for those who need more time to decide how to proceed. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fast-track misdemeanor immigration court rolls out with confusion, tension," 9 July 2018 Continental projects that 48-volt mild hybrid systems will account for 14 percent of global new vehicle sales in 2025, as sales of vehicles powered exclusively by gasoline or diesel engines drop to 65 percent. Norman Mayersohn, New York Times, "To Power the Future, Carmakers Flip on 48-Volt Systems," 8 Feb. 2018 Sales of pure-electric and hybrid vehicles rose 85.4% to 126,000 but accounted for only about 6% of total passenger vehicle sales. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales sink in March for 9th month," 12 Apr. 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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