mongrel

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noun mon·grel \ ˈmäŋ-grəl , ˈməŋ- \

Definition of mongrel

1 :an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds (see 2breed 1) or strains (see 1strain 1); especially :one of unknown ancestry
  • She owns several dogs, one of which is a mongrel.
2 :a cross between types of persons or things
  • the cinema is … a mongrel of virtually all the other arts
  • —Gerald Mast

mongrel

adjective

mongrelization

play \ˌmäŋ-grə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌməŋ-\ noun

mongrelize

play \ˈmäŋ-grə-ˌlīz, ˈməŋ-\ transitive verb

Examples of mongrel in a Sentence

  1. She owns several dogs, including a mongrel named Stella.

  2. mongrels often suffer fewer health problems than purebreds

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Origin and Etymology of mongrel

Middle English, probably from mong mixture, short for ymong, from Old English gemong crowd — more at among

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MONGREL Defined for English Language Learners

mongrel

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noun

Definition of mongrel for English Language Learners

  • : a dog with parents of different breeds


MONGREL Defined for Kids

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mongrel

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noun mon·grel \ ˈmäŋ-grəl , ˈməŋ- \

Definition of mongrel for Students

:an animal of mixed or uncertain origin

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mongrel

adjective

Definition of mongrel for Students

:of mixed or uncertain origin
  • a mongrel dog


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