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 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 In June 2017, Cardinal George Pell took a leave of absence from his job as head of the Secretariat of the Economy, a hybrid watchdog and administrative agency, to face abuse charges in his native Australia. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Bishop Under Investigation for Sex Abuse," 4 Jan. 2019 The car companies promise a dual upheaval in the decade to come: the rise of more truly autonomous vehicles as well as the mainstreaming of electrification, in which most cars will become at least hybrids if not full EVs. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Road Trip Had to Get Worse Before It Could Get Better," 2 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, Honda might have gotten a bit too clever with the Clarity PHEV, and Chrysler made a hybrid minivan with few compromises with the Pacifica. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018 But Nintendo’s tablet / console hybrid could be the perfect home for the quaint life simulator. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Lewis’s muscular human, animal, and sometimes human-animal hybrid forms, like the landscape itself, reflects the perennial tension between the wild and the refined. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 Cole Beasley, who in 2016 led the team with 75 catches, could carve out a substantial role, while trade-acquisition Tavon Austin is being hyped as a hybrid threat out of the backfield and behind the line of scrimmage. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018 Along with producer Nox Beatz, Clancy’s created a compelling pop/rap hybrid record that defies easy categorization. Ken Capobianco, BostonGlobe.com, "Recovery has given Justin Clancy a purpose his music had been missing," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That effort, coupled with the recent government push to foster the development of companies dedicated to electric and hybrid cars, helped build up enough knowledge and momentum to give birth to companies like NIO and Xpeng. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla’s competition for the Model Y is growing quickly in China," 21 Dec. 2018 A few months later, the company said that all passenger cars developed from 2019 on would be electric or hybrid vehicles. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s coming all-electric semi will compete with Tesla’s," 13 Dec. 2018 Without their intervention, solar and wind power and electric and hybrid cars would have no foothold against their fossil fuel competitors. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Business’s Climate Challenge: Getting Customers to Pay," 5 Dec. 2018 Most of the motors in electric and hybrid cars arrange their magnets in a V-shape around the wheel hub. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 The heavier, less powerful, less grippy electric cars were in no danger of eclipsing the lap times of their vastly more expensive hybrid cousins, and no one makes the classic cars use a shorter layout for that event. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 Petrol and diesel cars registered before 2000 and 2006, respectively, will be restricted, while hybrid vehicles will be allowed to enter the area and park for a maximum of two hours. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Madrid’s ban on polluting vehicles cuts traffic by nearly 32 percent in some areas," 3 Dec. 2018 Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten This farmers' market–biergarten hybrid hits hard in the nostalgia department. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Khan’s 1984 version, which included a groundbreaking rap vocal by Grandmaster Melle Mel that presaged the hybrid rap-R&B wave of the 2000s, became a hit and refueled her career. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Chaka Khan still pointing ahead despite decades of hits," 12 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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