pedigree

noun
ped·​i·​gree | \ ˈpe-də-ˌgrē How to pronounce pedigree (audio) \

Definition of pedigree

1 : a register recording a line of ancestors The pedigree traces the family back to the 18th century.
2a : an ancestral line : lineage That horse has an impressive pedigree.
b : the origin and the history of something Democracy's pedigree stretches back to ancient Greece. broadly : background, history
3a : a distinguished ancestry actions spoke louder than pedigrees in the trenches— Dixon Wecter
b : the recorded purity of breed of an individual or strain vouch for a horse's pedigree

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Other Words from pedigree

pedigreed \ ˈpe-​də-​ˌgrēd How to pronounce pedigreed (audio) \ or pedigree adjective

Examples of pedigree in a Sentence

That horse has an impressive pedigree. What is the dog's pedigree? The puppy came with papers proving its pedigree. Democracy is an idea with a pedigree stretching back to ancient Greece. The company has an excellent pedigree with over a century in the business.
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In spite of her family pedigree and impressive personal accomplishments, Isabella is most famous in many circles for catching the eye of Prince William in 2004. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Isabella Calthorpe? What You Need to Know About Prince William's Rumored Former Crush," 23 Sep. 2018 The game's specific magic, though, is property of its pedigree: studio Enhance, Inc. is led by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who first conceived of both Lumines and its spiritual siblings, 2001's Rez and 2011's Child of Eden. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018 The new lineup of MacBooks haven’t lived up to the Air’s pedigree. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The stakes for the new MacBook are much higher than for the iPad," 30 Oct. 2018 Culp had the kind of successful industrial pedigree that investors, including Trian, wanted steering the board. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 That’s not a lot of time regardless of Bell’s pedigree. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Steelers RB Bell a no-show as opener vs. Browns looms," 3 Sep. 2018 Of course, there were plenty of historical automotive activities throughout the week: sister shows at the Quail, the Concorso Italiano, and the more pedestrian Concours d’Lemons catered to cars of less fanciful pedigree. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide," 29 Aug. 2018 Finally, Lincoln’s onetime deputy private secretary John Hay, by then the U.S. Secretary of State, brought the decision-makers to their senses with his powerful testimony and professional pedigree. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "An American Icon That Almost Wasn’t," 15 Feb. 2019 With the 49ers being picked by many experts as a playoff contender, the team is faced with handing Beathard the reigns or turning to a quarterback who has a winning pedigree in San Francisco. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Colin Kaepernick comeback campaign undertaken by 49ers fans after gruesome Garoppolo injury," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pedigree

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pedigree

Middle English pedegru, from Anglo-French pé de grue, literally, crane's foot; from the shape made by the lines of a genealogical chart

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pedigree

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pedigree

: the history of the family members in a person's or animal's past especially when it is good or impressive
: the origin and history of something especially when it is good or impressive

pedigree

noun
ped·​i·​gree | \ ˈpe-də-ˌgrē How to pronounce pedigree (audio) \

Kids Definition of pedigree

1 : a table or list showing the line of ancestors of a person or animal
2 : a line of ancestors

pedigree

noun
ped·​i·​gree | \ ˈped-ə-ˌgrē How to pronounce pedigree (audio) \

Medical Definition of pedigree

: a record of the ancestry of an individual the pedigree of a diabetic patient

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