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hybrid

noun hy·brid \ ˈhī-brəd \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of hybrid

1 :an offspring of two animals or plants of different races (see 3race 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
3 a :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

hybridism

play \ˈhī-brə-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

hybridity

play \hī-ˈbri-də-tē\ noun

Examples of hybrid in a Sentence

  1. a hybrid of two roses

  2. The band plays a hybrid of jazz and rock.

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Origin and Etymology of hybrid

Latin hybrida

hybrid Synonyms


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hybrid

adjective

Definition of hybrid

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

Recent Examples of hybrid from the Web

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First Known Use of hybrid

circa 1775


HYBRID Defined for Kids

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hybrid

noun hy·brid \ ˈhī-brəd \

Definition of hybrid for Students

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.

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hybrid

adjective

Definition of hybrid for Students

:of mixed origin :of or relating to a hybrid
  • hybrid species

Medical Dictionary

hybrid

noun hy·brid \ ˈhī-brəd \

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

hybrid

adjective

hybridism

play \-brə-ˌdiz-əm\ noun

hybridity

play \hī-ˈbrid-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

Law Dictionary

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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