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 Wecterb : the recorded purity of breed of an individual or strain vouch for a horse's pedigree
pedigreedplay \ˈpe-də-ˌgrēd\ or
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.
Recent Examples of pedigree from the Web
Whatever her musical pedigree, Morissette has inarguably marked the arrival to the mass-market of an entirely new female-rocker persona.
From Lost to The Leftovers, Lindelof has an impressive pedigree for prestige television.
Even in its early demo version, this game already struggles to split the difference between tactical games' depth and these mascots' kid-friendly pedigree.
Indeed, RCN is touting the show’s entertainment, not educational, pedigree.
Winvian Farm is a 113-acre resort of Relais & Chateaux pedigree that shows a bucolic side of Connecticut.
Whatever the case, there’s a bumper crop of wagons this year, highlighted by a pair of head-turners with premium pedigrees, the Buick Regal Tour X and the Volvo V90 .
Few carry the pedigree and credentials of the Fulbright scholars.
Juventus lacks the Spanish club's pedigree in Europe, winning the top prize only twice and not since 1996.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PEDIGREE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pedigree for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of pedigree for Students
1 : a table or list showing the line of ancestors of a person or animal
2 : a line of ancestors
Medical Definition of pedigree
: a record of the ancestry of an individual the pedigree of a diabetic patient
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