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

No hybrid is perfect in this regard, but the Insight isn’t even close. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 Minnows or jigs are best; catfish – fair but is day to day, getting ready to start spawning; White bass/hybrids – have been very good, look for them on main lake humps. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Prospects mixed on area lakes for week of June 20," 20 June 2018 Typically mandated by zoning laws, these private-public hybrids are an effort to balance the demands of the real estate industry with the needs of the public, especially where projects have the potential to significantly alter the landscape. New York Times, "New Parks Sprout Around New York," 8 June 2018 The mythical half-human, half-fish hybrid may not exist in real life, but these Halloween decorations look scary-realistic. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mermaid Skeletons Are Here to Make a Splash This Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 Besides the beaches and celeb sightings, factor in a day trip to Los Alamos's wineries (head to Bedford Winery for some Syrah and Cabernet Franc) and stop by the Orchid Estate, which offers five acres of orchid species and hybrids. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Duval has a hybrid model that uses separate funding through the county but does not impose a separate tax. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mayor Teresa Jacobs pitches additional $20 million for Orange County children," 26 June 2018 Now there are all sorts of hybrid models for retailing out there that combine online and in-person shopping experiences. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Maybe the ‘Gig Economy’ Has Not Arrived – Yet," 9 June 2018 In the case of RAV4, the decision to go with white or black roofs on the outdoorsy Adventure and hybrid versions reflect the compact SUV's youthful buyer profile. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Tired of being monochromatic? Two-tone cars stage a comeback," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The imminent death of the Volt is certainly a disappointment, especially for fans of early electric and hybrid vehicles. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is laying off thousands of workers, closing three plants, and ending production of the Chevy Volt," 26 Nov. 2018 Volkswagen has pledged to build electric versions of all its 300 models by 2030; starting in 2019, Volvo will only make electric or hybrid cars. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 2018 The rest would be the hybrid variant, which tacks $4,500 on the tag. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Lexus' fresh prince of grand touring: The LC 500," 25 Apr. 2018 California sets the requirements based on a complex formula that considers the total number of vehicles sold by an automaker and gives credits for fully electric vehicle sales and partial credits for plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicles. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "GM proposes nationwide zero-emissions vehicle sales mandate," 27 Oct. 2018 Those who've read the Outlander books will be excited to know that Rollo, Ian's wolf-hybrid pet, will be in the mix this season. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Outlander Season 4 So Far," 3 Oct. 2018 The tax also is the reason behind the Subaru Brat, a bizarre-looking car-truck hybrid popular in the 1980s and famous for having two rear-facing plastic seats in the truck bed. Todd C. Frankel, chicagotribune.com, "Ford's creative efforts to avoid $250 million in 'chicken tax' tariffs under scrutiny," 9 July 2018 Existing dispensaries that become hybrid medical-recreational shops will be required to reserve a portion of their inventories for card-holding patients. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "State could license first recreational marijuana shop Monday," 28 June 2018 This move was aimed at offsetting the high cost of rights to SBS, a hybrid commercial-public broadcaster which has suffered several cuts to its government funding in recent years. Pip Bulbeck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Soccer World Cup: Australian Broadcaster Steps in After Telco's Live Streaming Breaks Down," 18 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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