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



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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from hybrid


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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 Previous SlideNext Slide iFixit's teardown of the 16-inch MacBook Pro uncovered a laptop that is a sort of hybrid between the 2015 MacBook Pro and its butterfly keyboard-equipped successors. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iFixit’s 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals the old keyboard we know and love," 18 Nov. 2019 Crust is everything, and Due Amici’s was good, something of a Neapolitan-New York hybrid. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "College Park’s “Little Italy” expands with Due Amici | Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Not that Brooks has minded being moved from linebacker to nickel back to safety and even something of a hybrid of all three. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "No quit in Maryland safety Antoine Brooks Jr. four years after suffering career-threatening injury," 19 Oct. 2019 Most YogaWorks teachers are something of a hybrid, classified as employees but given only part-time work with little or no job security, organizers said. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "The Yoga Instructors vs. the Private Equity Firm," 11 Sep. 2019 Turner suspects there could be many sources, from campfires—which have been implicated in the formation of a plastic-rock hybrid called plastiglomerate in Hawaii—to old landfill sites. Rob Arnold, National Geographic, "New plastic pollution formed by fire looks like rocks," 16 Aug. 2019 Annuities are a sort of hybrid of insurance and investments. Anchorage Daily News, "Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations," 19 July 2019 Bell Labs could create that magical mix in part because the phone monopoly deal turned AT&T’s research arm into a kind of public-private hybrid. Safi Bahcall, WIRED, "NASA Needs to Out-Crazy Elon Musk," 3 July 2019 The finding marked the first fossil evidence of a first-generation human hybrid. Wired, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At 6-foot-1, 195 pound the three-star recruit has the type of frame built to play the safety/linebacker hybrid position. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Who are some of the recruits Ohio State football has in common with Michigan?," 27 Nov. 2019 The Geopolitical Importance of Ukraine Since 2008, Russia has manifested an overtly aggressive foreign policy, leveraging military power and employing hybrid warfare to achieve its objectives of regional hegemony and global influence. Time Staff, Time, "A White House National Security Expert Heard Trump's Ukraine Call and Reported Concerns. Read His Planned Testimony," 29 Oct. 2019 Biegel and Moss have already shared playing time on the right side of Miami’s defensive line in coach Brian Flores’ hybrid scheme, which incorporates elements of both a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive front. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins could be without two starting linemen Sunday against Bills," 16 Oct. 2019 By engaging in hybrid warfare, Iran appears to have already begun to disrupt trade flows through the strait and raise the diplomatic stakes. Rockford Weitz, The Conversation, "What is at stake in the Strait of Hormuz?," 19 July 2019 Under Connecticut’s current hybrid system, drivers pay a flat tax rate of 25 cents per gallon. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Connecticut among states studying regional gas tax," 25 Oct. 2019 Ford switched the Explorer from front-wheel-drive to rear-wheel-drive, and gave it a gas-electric hybrid version for the 2020 model year. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "The new Explorer SUV, built in Chicago, had so many quality problems Ford had to delay deliveries. Sales of the vehicle slumped 48%.," 23 Oct. 2019 Options for new yachts include on-board battery banks and installing hybrid or electric motors. Benjamin Stupplesbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "How to get super rich selling superyachts," 5 Oct. 2019 Fake hybrid seed is widespread, says Mary Wangeci, an agricultural supplier in Machakos, near Nairobi. The Economist, "Better seeds could help African farmers grow far more," 28 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hybrid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hybrid


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hybrid


Latin hybrida

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hybrid

Time Traveler for hybrid

Time Traveler

The first known use of hybrid was in 1601

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hybrid

Last Updated

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hybrid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid?show=0&t=1402607220. Accessed 7 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hybrid


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


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.



Kids Definition of hybrid (Entry 2 of 2)

: of mixed origin : of or relating to a hybrid hybrid species


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

Keep scrolling for more


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on hybrid

What made you want to look up hybrid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the study of flags

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!