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 pedigree (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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Recent Examples on the Web But that’s exactly what Garcia is experiencing due to his digital pedigree. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Next stage of Ryan Garcia’s career could come after Luke Campbell fight," 1 Jan. 2021 As a former top-50 defensive end recruit, Smith hasn’t dominated in the fashion of others with his pedigree. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football has 10 underclassmen who could’ve played their last home game vs. Michigan," 12 Dec. 2020 The answer may come after a blood sample -to be taken from Oliver at an upcoming medical examination - are tested at the University of Chicago, allowing scientists there to finally determine his genetic pedigree. John Maccormack,, "Oliver with a twist - Retired freak show chimp still scientific mystery," 9 Dec. 2020 The Made in Italy logo serves as a sort of emblem, touted by a community proud of its impeccable pedigree, its Almanac of Gotha resounding with names of family dynasties: Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Missoni. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Inside MSGM 10!—Designer Massimo Giorgetti Gives Us A Sneak Peek at His New Book," 3 Dec. 2020 The edge-rusher is about to turn 25 and has a first-round pedigree (No. 26 overall in 2017). Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Examining options for Chris Ballard, Colts at NFL trade deadline," 28 Oct. 2020 And after surviving a three-games-to-one deficit to Atlanta in the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers seem to be playing with the kind of ease and joy befitting their pedigree. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Mookie Betts Leads Dodgers’ Stars With a Masterly Performance," 21 Oct. 2020 While new South Carolina coach Shane Beamer has a solid pedigree as a recruiter, the Gamecocks are well behind the curve in the SEC and will look more toward the traditional signing period in February to fill gaps in the roster. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from college football's early signing day," 16 Dec. 2020 Venture capitalists have a tendency to believe in — and consequently fund — founders who feel familiar and have the 'right' pedigree. Serena Williams For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Serena Williams: Silicon Valley is wrong about Black women entrepreneurs," 14 Dec. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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


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


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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