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

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 The following types of cannabis are hybrids bred with combating stress and anxiety in mind and are in no particular order of efficacy, as again, everyone responds to cannabis in their own way. Mary Schumacher, chicagotribune.com, "5 types of marijuana to reduce your stress," 22 Aug. 2019 China’s Society of Automotive Engineers has said 40% of passenger-vehicle sales in the country should be full electrics or plug-in hybrids by 2030. Fortune, "Electric Car Gold Rush: The Auto Industry Charges Into China," 20 Aug. 2019 But the recent agreement lets automakers meet this target in other ways too, like selling more electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Car companies’ surprising deal with California on environmental rules, explained," 30 July 2019 And while the industry is focused on promoting all-electric cars at the moment, Marakby explained why Ford thinks its first autonomous vehicles should be hybrids. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Ford’s first fully self-driving car is probably going to look a lot like an SUV," 18 Sep. 2018 Toyota's full quote read that 10 percent of new cars will be ICE/electric hybrids. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How Smarter Cylinder-Skipping Will Make Gas Engines Better," 7 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg employs nearly 3,000 workers who produce the Honda Civic, CR-V and Insight hybrid model. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "How the UAW strike against GM affects Indiana," 16 Sep. 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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