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

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


a hybrid of two roses The band plays a hybrid of jazz and rock.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also surprising was the discovery these hybrids are fertile. Miguel Conde, National Geographic, "Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city," 6 Sep. 2019 The hybrid’s fuel economy rating is 41/38/39 and its starting price is $35,025, or $2,000 more than the UX 200’s. Frank A. Aukofer, Houston Chronicle, "2019 LEXUS UX 250h: Luxury hybrid comes with all-wheel drive," 14 July 2019 In the last five years, Guzman’s signature hybrid has been name-checked in over 200 songs, with shouts from G-Eazy, Migos, Post Malone and Future. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Why Top Rappers Love Luxury Cannabis Concierge Mario Guzman," 27 June 2019 Sun King aralia: This particular hybrid has blazing yellow foliage with a little sun. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Minutes from downtown, a garden wonderland — and you can see it in July," 20 June 2019 The hybrid one is likely to have more bugs in it than the Google one, and so could put Huawei phones more at risk of being hacked, not least by China. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Report: Google argues the Huawei ban would hurt its Android monopoly," 7 June 2019 The aircraft are invariably electrically powered, although some are hybrids with a backup combustion engine. The Economist, "Flying taxis are taking off to whisk people around cities," 14 Sep. 2019 That would mean embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles, including a full battery electric flagship XJ sedan. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Introducing Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s new Director of Design," 13 Sep. 2019 Hua’s among the more than 600,000 drivers on Didi’s platform who use new energy vehicles (NEVs), a category that includes pure electric and plug-in hybrids—more than double the number this time last year. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China is leaning on ride-hailing to boost sales of electric vehicles," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Similar to other hybrid cars, the Sián will charge its supercacitor while the driver is braking, then use that stored energy at low speeds and during acceleration. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Lamborghini's first hybrid car is also its fastest," 3 Sep. 2019 Smaller electric and hybrid aircraft are set to arrive sooner. Washington Post, "Why Electric-Powered Airplanes Are Headed for Takeoff," 18 Sep. 2019 The Green on the Green expo featured local businesses showing environmentally friendly practices and products, along with information booths, new electric and hybrid vehicles, free electronics recycling and document shredding and a petting zoo. Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach expos encourage going ‘green’ and being disaster-ready," 7 Sep. 2019 As Volkswagen spends $34 billion over the next five years to make an electric or hybrid version of every vehicle in its lineup, major changes could be coming in the electric car battle. Mirtha Donastorg, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 16 Aug. 2019 Infiniti revealed its all-electric Prototype 10 concept, a retro-looking single-seater, ahead of its 2021 target to offer each of its new cars in battery-electric or hybrid versions. Fortune, "Pebble Beach: What to Expect from America’s Most Prestigious Car Show," 13 Aug. 2019 Finally, countries with an interest in developing plane manufacturing sectors could increase investments in electric and hybrid propulsion. Adam Minterbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Flight shaming won’t work in Asia to cut carbon emissions," 23 July 2019 Friday’s profit warning is the latest piece of bad news for Germany’s auto sector, which is contending with a global slowdown in new car sales, various regulatory issues and the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Daimler Issues Another Profit Warning as Legal Woes, Recalls Hit," 12 July 2019 Utah Salt Lake City: The state would charge electric and hybrid vehicle owners for miles driven under a voluntary program intended to compensate for diminishing gas tax returns. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019

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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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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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