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 subspecies, 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 hybrid (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbri-​də-​tē How to pronounce hybrid (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 The design was a hybrid, long before the word suggested gas and electric power-train configurations, but rather, the combination of sleek Italian coachwork and a powerful American V-8 engine. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 July 2021 These beauties are a hybrid between yellow crookneck, delicata and yellow acorn squash. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 Waukegan residents’ Fourth of July celebration is a hybrid this year. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 Lower court races will continue to be a hybrid of partisan and nonpartisan elections. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, 1 July 2021 Lamborghini has also announced every car in its lineup will be a hybrid by 2024. Peter Valdes-dapena For Cnn Business, CNN, 24 June 2021 Tomlinson Hall was a hybrid between a marketplace and an events venue. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2021 Our show will be a hybrid of digital and IRL, blurring the line between what is real and what is not. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 14 June 2021 Some were a hybrid, notably San Jose State University and UC Berkeley, which held a virtual commencement ceremony May 15 followed by four days of diploma distribution at the Greek Theatre. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many John Hancock employees will adopt a hybrid model, showing up in the Back Bay on Mondays, Wednesdays and one flexible day, while working remotely the other two days. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 The best course of action may be a hybrid model that includes a theatrical release with a streaming debut a few weeks later. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 9 July 2021 While a return to an office setting or a hybrid work model may ease some of these pressures, there are also options for better maintaining social ties remotely. Allyson Chiu, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 The release noted plans to offer a hybrid online and in-person model. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 July 2021 The board called the meeting short — before Bulson could announce students would not be moving to a twice-a-week hybrid model in December as originally planned. Aegis Staff, baltimoresun.com, 8 July 2021 In recent months, sporting events have begun to return to some semblance of normal with limited fan attendance in a new hybrid model. Dave Dabbah, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The family is considering doing a hybrid model in the fall. Izz Scott Lamagdeleine, San Antonio Express-News, 5 July 2021 The previous Outlander had been a bit small, despite offering a very nice plug-in hybrid model. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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 hybrid (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbrid-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hybrid (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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