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

The beauty of the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid sneaks up on you. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The Washington Post’s Ben Guarino reports that to produce the hybrid embryos, scientists retrieved the southern females’ eggs with a 60-inch-long instrument that enables the collection of ovarian tissue. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018 Scheduled to open this fall, the anchor is the state’s first Flix Brewhouse, a hybrid movie theater and brewery. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018 Its most recent release, Prebiotic Emulsion, is a three-in-one hybrid that can be used as a moisturizer, primer or intensive weekly treatment. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Styling a Sense of Self," 6 June 2018 Ford’s first plug-in hybrid in China, the Mondeo Energi, went on sale last month. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions," 22 Apr. 2018 Ford’s first plug-in hybrid in China, the Mondeo Energi, went on sale last month. Washington Post, "China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions," 21 Apr. 2018 As a plug-in hybrid, the Clarity steps over the biggest impediment in consumers' minds about battery electrics: limited range. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Put simply, it’s complicated," 19 Apr. 2018 The Outlander plug-in hybrid on sale now introduces a hot new technology to the compact SUV segment that’s taking the market by storm. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Mitsubishi Outlander plugs into practicality," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Sabrewing's aircraft are built on a composite airframe with a gas-electric hybrid power system that drives four electric motors, each turning a variable-position fan. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Startup plans to revolutionize the air cargo industry, starting with Alaska," 15 June 2018 Final details have yet to be worked out, but the plan is for Brandt to serve in a hybrid role that combines play-by-play duties with those of a discussion leader. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Bears shake up preseason TV announcer roster," 31 May 2018 Eubanks was on the verge of being a factor for Michigan last season, albeit in a somewhat hybrid role. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Nick Eubanks could be next big TE," 16 Apr. 2018 There are plenty of good options now, especially in the hybrid realm. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 In 2017 there were five hybrid charters in the state, and according to the state’s own grading system, two hybrid schools received D’s, and the other 3 received F’s. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s really going on in Indiana’s public schools," 12 July 2018 But the work as a whole stands up, with its sharply drawn wit, its scenic velocity, and its brilliantly hybrid score infused with that youthful exuberance from first bar to last. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Tanglewood opens with Bernstein’s exuberance, Lang Lang’s return," 8 July 2018 The next step is to implant these embryos into surrogate southern females over the coming months, paper co-author Cesare Galli tells Yin, hopefully triggering the birth of a healthy hybrid calf. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino," 5 July 2018 In early July 1992, Paramount decided to drum up publicity for its PG-13 animated/live action hybrid film Cool World by placing a likeness of Kim Basinger's cartoon character on top of the iconic Hollywood sign for one week. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "When Paramount's 75-Foot Hollywood Sign Stunt Pushed Locals Too Far," 5 July 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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