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

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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

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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 comedian plays Scott Carlin, an art school dropout with vague dreams of opening a tattoo parlour-restaurant hybrid. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Bel Powley Calls Pete Davidson Out On His Bullshit In The King Of Staten Island," 15 June 2020 Look for dual valve heads to fit both Schrader (found on mountain, hybrid, and cruiser bikes) and Presta valves (road, gravel, and other skinny-tire bikes). Christine Frietchen, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Bike Accessories for Those Who Plan to Ride All Summer," 11 June 2020 But Metro Council President Lynn Peterson suggested finding a way to do a hybrid between the fastest approach and the ramp up option, which would start with rates of 0.1% on payroll taxes and increase to 0.6% by 2028. oregonlive, "Metro signals support for payroll tax, $56 vehicle registration fee, to fund $7 billion transportation package," 10 June 2020 With plug-in hybrid-crossover competition arriving in the form of a PHEV Toyota RAV4 and a PHEV Ford Escape, crossover drivers looking to minimize their carbon outputs may do well to look beyond the Honda. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid gets highly disappointing gas mileage," 10 June 2020 Coincidentally, the new and short-lived blossoms were the same vivid colors mentioned in a column of a few weeks ago; this time, a skilled hybrid emerged from the artistic hands of a planter-gardener. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Garden escapades enlighten, delight: Sun Messages," 9 June 2020 The 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid goes on sale this summer. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Escape plug-in hybrid sets the pace for SUVs with 37-mile range on battery alone," 8 June 2020 This was an accepted truism at Cloudflare: the hybrid system was seen as the least efficient model, slowing down team work and communication. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "When everyone can work from home, who goes back to the office?," 6 June 2020 In other words, A. latus, an agent of infectious disease, is the fungal equivalent of a human-lemur hybrid. Antonis Rokas, The Conversation, "A new hybrid fungus is found in hospitals and linked to lung disease," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some of those hybrid crops now bear no physical resemblance to either parent. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to spice up your garden life? This hybrid agave plant is a winner," 20 June 2020 In a hybrid model, schools would limit facilities and transportation to half capacity. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Minnesotan schools given possible scenarios for the fall," 19 June 2020 This hybrid mattress is known for its exceptional lumbar support, a must for back pain sufferers. Mandie Kelleher, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Mattresses for Back Pain to Help You Sleep Easy," 19 June 2020 The poll showed 56% percent supported a return to the classroom with 37% preferring a hybrid program with both in-classroom and distance learning. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "56% of parents say they favor return to school, poll shows," 19 June 2020 Other variations of these pillows plus the brand’s hybrid mattress are also discounted as part of this sale. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 17 June 2020 The book comes with everything players will need to learn about the animal villagers, including their personalities and style, as well as details on all the fish and insects and how to breed hybrid flowers. Nina Huang, EW.com, "The official Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide is back in stock — and on sale," 17 June 2020 Fast Campers sells a hybrid truck cap/tent that are very popular among overlanders. Outdoor Life, "How to Take Your First Overland Hunting Adventure this Fall," 15 June 2020 Some states have not even announced whether schools will open in-person, remain online or use a hybrid model, as one district in West Bloomfield, Michigan, plans to do. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How states around the country are planning a return for high school sports," 11 June 2020

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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

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The first known use of hybrid was in 1601

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21 Jun 2020

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“Hybrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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

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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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