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

But the seasonally appropriate turns on the hat-headband hybrid didn't stop there. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019 With detachable jewels, the weighty hybrid is a favorite of Hollywood types, influencers, and editors. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "17 Unforgettable—Oh, Let’s Just Come Out and Say It, Ugly!—Sneakers That Defined 2018," 11 Dec. 2018 But Shiseido’s Essential Energy is the perfect lightweight serum-moisturizer hybrid that gives me a nice dewy glow. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "Sonoya Mizuno on Stereotypical Beauty Ideals: 'I Don't Compare Myself to Anyone'," 11 Sep. 2018 Embracing the perplexing fashion hybrid, JLo skipped wearing pants altogether and styled the over-the-knee denim boots with an oversized white button-down shirt. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Catfishes Us All With Boots That Look Like Jeans," 1 Aug. 2018 Last August, fossils were announced that showed for the first time a genetic hybrid between the two species—a female who lived 90,000 years ago with a Denisovan father and a Neanderthal mother. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AI Predicts Humans Have an Ancestor We Don't Even Know About Yet," 17 Jan. 2019 Zemeckis’ history of playing with technical tools and pushing the visual envelope makes Welcome to Marwen play, appropriately enough, like a hybrid. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Welcome to Marwen is Robert Zemeckis’ most revealing movie — and his worst," 20 Dec. 2018 EnChroma makes glasses that are designed to help with a specific form of color blindness, one in which a hybrid of red- and green-detecting receptors confuse the differences between colors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spanish scientists: EnChroma glasses won’t fix your color blindness," 6 Nov. 2018 The drive choices range from HDD/SSD hybrids to dual drives running in RAID with a third supplemental drive. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While a hybrid system, the Sabrewing powertrain does not alternate between power sources in the way the popular Toyota Prius hybrid car does. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Startup plans to revolutionize the air cargo industry, starting with Alaska," 15 June 2018 The styling is more about wrapping sheet metal around advanced technologies — while preserving the Prius shock-factor styling as a hybrid car. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Prius Prime: Nothing fancy, just 640 miles on a tank," 8 June 2018 The winning vehicles range in price from a $29,775 subcompact SUV to a $201,540 twin-turbo V8 plug-in hybrid luxury car. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "These 10 new cars and trucks have the best interiors," 27 May 2018 The first hybrid car, the Semper Vivus (pictured above), was designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900; the first self-driving car, the VaMoRs van, was built by Mercedes in 1986 (both are now in museums). The Economist, "Germany’s conservative economic model is being put to the test," 12 Apr. 2018 All transportation will be via underground maglev trains, like Japan’s Chuo Shinkansen under construction now, or electric/hybrid cars, which constituted over half the new cars sold in Norway in 2017. New York Times, "What’s It Like to Visit Wakanda? You Had Some (Great) Ideas," 3 Apr. 2018 The company doubled-down on its hybrid ray tracing push by introducing the GeForce RTX 2060 as well as laptop versions of its RTX graphics cards. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia reveals RTX laptop GPUs, FreeSync support for GeForce graphics cards," 7 Jan. 2019 Even the Whole Grains Council is on board with a hybrid definition. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Corn a Grain, Vegetable, or Fruit? The Answer Is D, All of the Above," 7 Dec. 2018 Save $200 on Nectar’s hybrid mattress, DreamCloud Sleep. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals you can still shop," 27 Nov. 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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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 \

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

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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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