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 Mercedes, for its part, is planning to debut its EQA compact electric SUV as part of a drive to quadruple the number of plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles in its lineup this year. Oliver Sachgau, Bloomberg.com, "BMW Bets on New EV to Reclaim Crown in Entry-Level Luxury Sedans," 12 May 2020 Continuing with the online learning is also an option for the fall, along with a hybrid of online and in-person classes. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, "Citing 'zero lethal threat' to students, Purdue works to reopen college for fall 2020," 27 Apr. 2020 The Coke-energy-drink hybrid beverage became available in international markets last year. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "There's a new kind of Coke on shelves. You'll be forgiven if you missed it," 30 Jan. 2020 The analysis found a similar effect on sales of zero-emission vehicles, including plug-in hybrid and battery-electric models. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "Rollback of California Car Rules Will Cause Emissions to Spike," 21 Oct. 2019 The car show will showcase electric, hybrid and alternative fuel cars from various dealerships and will include private car owners. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 Plenty of adults brought their mountain bikes, hybrids and beach cruisers or other types of bikes in to get worked on, too. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Facebook’s free bike repair clinic gets kids, adults rolling again in Menlo Park," 25 Aug. 2019 Member institutions will have full online access to about 2500 of Springer Nature’s hybrid and open-access journals, including archives back to 1997. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "More than 700 German research institutions strike open-access deal with Springer Nature," 22 Aug. 2019 Others look at only the noncustodial parent’s income or a hybrid model. New York Times, "How to Get Child Support as a Single Parent," 18 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dutch Gardens has a sale on bulbs, supplies and plants, including the award-winning hybrid tea Rio Samba rose. oregonlive, "Kids, adults learn to grow vegetables at home with free online OSU courses," 7 May 2020 During the pandemic, people all over the world have been dealing with new and hybrid varieties of boredom, loneliness, and anxiety. Caleb Madison, The Atlantic, "Introducing The Atlantic’s Sunday Crossword," 3 May 2020 Great America PAC, a hybrid super PAC and traditional PAC, announced the filing on Thursday. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Pro-Trump PAC files public records request to access Biden archives," 30 Apr. 2020 The Bengals could also use Shawn Williams in a hybrid linebacker-safety role. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Will the Cincinnati Bengals draft a linebacker? Coaches say 'it's a pretty deep class'," 22 Apr. 2020 So that allowed us to make this show that was a hybrid action comedy. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Chuck creators reflect on the finale, talk potential revival, and more," 17 Apr. 2020 Common examples include when someone buys a hybrid car, gets vaccinated or stops smoking. Leigh Osofsky, The Conversation, "Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 Lamborghini will unveil its first hybrid car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany next week. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Lamborghini's first hybrid car is also its fastest," 3 Sep. 2019 The book follows in a long tradition of blending the genres of crime thriller and novel of ideas, but in this case what should be hybrid and fluid comes off as formally indecisive. Alejandro Chacoff, New York Times, "A Town Is Besieged by Children, Foreign and Violent," 14 Apr. 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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18 May 2020

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“Hybrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid. Accessed 29 May. 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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