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

hybrid adjective
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

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

Sisters-in-law and Duchesses, both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have worn been spotted sporting cape-dress or cape-jacket hybrids, marking a comeback of the simple cut in a very un-Little Red Riding Hood way. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Wear a Cape Like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle," 28 Feb. 2019 But just as with other forms of hybrid debt used by companies around the world, the key is to understand when incentives change and companies and banks can get away without paying. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "When Investing Is About the CEO’s Goodwill," 17 Feb. 2019 Ever the stylish millennial and House member, Ocasio-Cortez took her look a step further from your everyday white suit or dress to Gwyneth-Paltrow-in-Tom-Ford-at-the-Oscars places, wearing a white cape-jacket hybrid paired with coordinating pants. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Perfect White Cape Blazer, We Salute You," 6 Feb. 2019 Inslee also proposes spending about $119 million over the next two years for new hybrid ferries and converting diesel ferries to hybrids. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Car-tab fees, new transportation package on Washington state lawmakers’ agenda," 28 Jan. 2019 The combination of extreme comfort and some semblance of style made the tapered sweatpants an ideal hybrid for menswear fanatics looking to show off their sneakers. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 25 Jan. 2019 China’s government has spent the last few years pressuring automakers and citizens to adopt hybrid and electric vehicles to cut into the country’s pollution levels. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars," 30 Nov. 2018 This, in turn, could help increase the efficiency and longevity of batteries that go in hybrid and electric vehicles, and rechargeable batteries designed to store solar energy when the sun isn't out. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists May Have Found What Makes Batteries Degrade Over Time," 17 Sep. 2018 On the eve of finals, students dress up in costumes (like a hybrid of Christmas and Halloween) and pack the stands to watch their NAIA basketball team. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 9 weirdest fan traditions in sports, from fish throwing to celery," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But the threat from hybrid warfare neither recognizes nor respects such walls. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Military-Industrial Complex," 2 Jan. 2019 Your fave vampire love story ended with Bella and Edward living happily ever after in a quaint cabin raising their vampire/human hybrid daughter, Renesmee (played by the eerily perfect-looking Mackenzie Foy). Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Kristen Stewart's "Twilight" Daughter is All Grown Up and You Won't Even Recognize Her," 30 Aug. 2018 Zunum Aero, an electric jet startup backed by Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures, is aiming to get its 12-passenger, hybrid electric jet off the ground by 2022. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Electric flight is coming, but the batteries aren’t ready," 14 Aug. 2018 Only California and Washington state have top-two primaries, while nearly two dozen states have open primaries or some hybrid version. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A different Calif. election system would have boosted Bernie," 29 Mar. 2018 This language, tougher than Mrs May had dared to hope, clears the way for further collective EU action, including on beefing up defensive instruments against Russian hybrid warfare, later this year. The Economist, "Britain pulls off a diplomatic coup against Russia at the EU," 23 Mar. 2018 Namely, that after decades of being cast into the shadows for being dirty, loud, and harmful to the environment, diesel engines are now refined and eco-friendly, supplying all the torque they are known for while also getting hybrid-like efficiency. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Useful Podcast Ever: The Continuing Fallout of the VW Emissions Scandal," 28 Sep. 2015 Honda is recalling about 232,000 2018 Accord vehicles and 2019 Insight hybrid cars in the U.S. for malfunctioning software for the rear camera display. Fox News, "Honda Accord, Insight recalled for software problem," 28 Sep. 2018 The hybrid cars had been outfitted with sensors and loaded up with artificial intelligence as part of the company’s first crack at creating cars that could drive themselves. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 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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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 hybridism (audio) \ noun
hybridity \ hī-​ˈbrid-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hybridity (audio) \ noun, plural -ties

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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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