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 company's new line of extended-range electric vehicles can automatically switch modes between fully electric and a hybrid of diesel and electric. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "UPS has new hybrid trucks with a neat trick," 4 Sep. 2019 The genes of this valuable tree have been used to create new hybrids. Kenneth Setzer, sun-sentinel.com, "What is the mysterious blue mango?," 25 June 2019 But the act doesn’t apply to some hybrids that are a cross between different species, one example being coywolves: the offspring of coyotes and wolves. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "These rare wolves are unique species. Here’s why that matters.," 5 Apr. 2019 And new hybrids and even all-electric SUVs could take fuel prices out of the equation entirely. NBC News, "Ford to stop making all passenger cars except the Mustang," 26 Apr. 2018 Many models already comply and the new hybrids are great. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is it a good idea to roll back California's strict vehicle standards?," 20 Apr. 2018 Even in our scientific age, there is no shortage of fortunetellers, both of the old-world variety and the new and hybrids of the two. Rabbi David Wolpe, Time, "Why We Shouldn't Be So Sure of Our Predictions About the Future," 20 Apr. 2018 Naming these new hybrids is just another aspect of marketing and storytelling. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why cactuses and succulents are the perfect plants for this cultural moment," 4 Apr. 2018 The mark was a hybrid between a comma and a colon, and its purpose was to prolong a pause or create a more distinct separation between parts of a sentence. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "Sympathy for the Semicolon," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The car's hybrid system adds 10% to its speed, according to Lamborghini. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Lamborghini's first hybrid car is also its fastest," 3 Sep. 2019 Electric and hybrid aircraft could generate another major reduction in emissions. Los Angeles Times, "Flight shame: Airlines are under rising pressure to cut their carbon emissions," 28 Aug. 2019 The 2008 Georgian war was perhaps the first real hybrid war in which conventional military and hacker forces were combined. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 In her new hybrid role, Kapp will create dynamic packages that will benefit artists and fans alike. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Live Nation Promotes House of Blues Entertainment's Kelly Kapp," 6 Aug. 2019 There will be a significant number of players who get a chance to play at Stud, a hybrid role Avalos uses — sometimes two at a time — as both a pass rusher or as additional run support. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Ducks fall camp breakdown: Defensive line," 30 July 2019 Etling, who can help on special teams, could vie for a roster spot through some kind of hybrid role. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Danny Etling receptive to change of position with Patriots," 25 July 2019 Those included jobs in renewable energy, like installing solar and wind power, building electric and hybrid vehicles, doing energy efficiency work in buildings, manufacturing clean fuels and building battery storage projects. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New report: California has five times more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs," 20 Aug. 2019 In terms of market share, too, the homegrown player with a hybrid subscription model that charges users only for premium content such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, among other things, leads by a long shot. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "For Netflix, being a premium service in India has its perks," 11 July 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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