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 His team, however, didn’t test whether the hybrid mosquitoes were more resistant to pesticides or more likely to transmit disease. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash," 17 Sep. 2019 Payton has been so bullish on Hill’s potential as the athletic hybrid who has had roles as a receiver and returner. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roethlisberger, Brees injuries shake up NFL playoff races, force hard look at the future," 16 Sep. 2019 The Mediterranean and Traditional hybrid sits on a cul-de-sac, which kind of looks like a putting green come to think of it. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Pro golfer Mark O’Meara sells estate with putting green in Houston," 16 Sep. 2019 This observance was established to create awareness of plug-in and hybrid-electric vehicles. baltimoresun.com, "Electric Car Show coming to Clarksville Commons," 13 Sep. 2019 In the spring the Rockies can also assess their younger options at first base, most notably Triple-A Albuquerque first baseman Roberto Ramos and corner hybrid Josh Fuentes, who clobbered his first big-league home run Thursday. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: A four-step plan to improving Colorado’s first base situation heading into 2020," 13 Sep. 2019 The Defender 110 goes on sale in the US in spring 2020, starting at $49,900 for the 2.0L, and $62,250 for the 3.0L mild hybrid. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a 21st century take on a 4×4 icon," 12 Sep. 2019 He's had strong feelings about hybrid and electric supercars. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Lamborghini's new tech could revolutionize electric supercars," 11 Sep. 2019 There's also the Regera, a 1,700 horsepower gas-electric hybrid that Koenigsegg said can reach 280 mph — with a single gear. CBS News, "Inside the quest to build the world's fastest production car," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But there are scads of colorful clues on set: a mini football field; people in matching outfits; a hybrid tanning booth/karaoke machine (leisure activity? Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Inside The Good Place's final season: 'This will be worth it'," 16 Sep. 2019 That would mean embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles, including a full battery electric flagship XJ sedan. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Introducing Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s new Director of Design," 13 Sep. 2019 Protect hybrid tea roses with weekly applications of an insecticide and a fungicide. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Now is the time to spread wildflower seed in your San Antonio garden," 6 Sep. 2019 In Hong Kong’s hybrid political system — a result of British colonial tradition as much as Communist control — only half the seats in the legislature are filled by popular elections. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "In Battle for Hong Kong, the Field Has Tilted Toward Beijing," 12 June 2019 Similar to other hybrid cars, the Sián will charge its supercacitor while the driver is braking, then use that stored energy at low speeds and during acceleration. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Lamborghini's first hybrid car is also its fastest," 3 Sep. 2019 Smaller electric and hybrid aircraft are set to arrive sooner. Washington Post, "Why Electric-Powered Airplanes Are Headed for Takeoff," 18 Sep. 2019 The Green on the Green expo featured local businesses showing environmentally friendly practices and products, along with information booths, new electric and hybrid vehicles, free electronics recycling and document shredding and a petting zoo. Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach expos encourage going ‘green’ and being disaster-ready," 7 Sep. 2019 As Volkswagen spends $34 billion over the next five years to make an electric or hybrid version of every vehicle in its lineup, major changes could be coming in the electric car battle. Mirtha Donastorg, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 16 Aug. 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
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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