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

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 company discontinued its Scion brand in 2016 and recently discontinued the Prius C, a smaller version of the main Prius hybrid. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Toyota discontinues Yaris subcompact car, hatchback as Americans embrace SUVs," 29 June 2020 Some envision the future of nursing homes as a kind of hybrid between ADAPT’s at-home vision, and the current large-scale institutions. Rose Eveleth, Wired, "It's Time for an End-of-Life Discussion About Nursing Homes," 26 June 2020 The company predicts 10% of buyers will choose the hybrid because of its extra power and generator. Dallas News, "Ford plays it safe with revamped F-150," 26 June 2020 The hybrid will have an on-board generator that could power a worksite or home. Keith Naughton, Fortune, "Ford reveals the redesign of its biggest moneymaker, the F-150 pickup," 26 June 2020 The company predicts 10% of buyers will choose the hybrid because of its extra power and generator. CBS News, "Ford unveils revamped F-150 with new interior," 26 June 2020 Despite the substantial gas savings, Ford expects only about 10% of F-150 buyers will buy the hybrid. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's powerful new F-150 offers fully reclining seats, a bottle opener, and a hybrid option," 25 June 2020 Simpson poked his hybrid 221 yards down the fairway on the 334-yard ninth hole. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "PGA’s RBC Heritage (6/20) third-round live stream: TV info, time, how to watch online," 20 June 2020 Included are 2018 and 2019 Acura NSX and 2019 RDX, RLX, and RLX hybrid, plus 2019 and 2019 Honda Accord, Civic hatchback, Civic Type R, and HR-V, 2019 Fit, and 2019 and 2020 Insight vehicles. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "Honda, Acura Recalling Nearly 140,000 2018–2019 Vehicles for Fuel-Pump Problem," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The firm also has been discussing hybrid solutions such as one that would create some satellite offices closer to where people live, in the suburbs or other parts of metropolitan areas popular with staff. Fox News, "Italy keeps coronavirus pandemic under control, but many staying home to be safe," 2 July 2020 Carlsbad officials have said implementing a hybrid instruction model would create challenges for the district’s two high schools, sixth grade academy and intermediary schools, and 10 elementary schools. USA TODAY, "Mink worries, rumor patrol, paused reopenings: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2020 The hybrid model is a staggered school schedule, with some students attending class on Mondays and Wednesdays while others go on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Illinois schools prepare for in-class learning despite hesitation from parents," 30 June 2020 Parents who pick the hybrid learning model are promising that their children will wear face coverings on the bus and at school whenever physical distancing is impossible, according to a presentation given at the meeting. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Loudoun schools will offer part-time in-person or full-time virtual learning," 30 June 2020 Four gasoline engines and one diesel are carried over from the previous generation, and the new hybrid model has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford F-150 Pickup Is Less of an Overhaul Than We Expected," 26 June 2020 Scott said, as of right now, 50 percent of the classes will be online, 25 percent in a face-to-face delivery, and 25 percent in a hybrid model. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star College System fares well in pandemic," 26 June 2020 Ford also will offer a generator option on non-hybrid F-150s. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition," 26 June 2020 San Jose State’s School of Music and Dance told its students to plan on a hybrid teaching model for the fall that will incorporate both in-person and remote instruction, as well as an outdoor studio. Cassandre Coyer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ballet in the kitchen? What arts majors learned during lockdown.," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of hybrid was in 1601

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hybrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybrid. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for hybrid

hybrid

noun
How to pronounce hybrid (audio)

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 hybridities

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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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