pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ ˈpe-də-ˌgrē \

Definition of pedigree

1 :a register recording a line of ancestors
  • The pedigree traces the family back to the 18th century.
2 a :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
3 a :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

pedigreed

play \ˈpe-də-ˌgrēd\ or pedigree adjective

Examples of pedigree in a Sentence

  1. That horse has an impressive pedigree.

  2. What is the dog's pedigree?

  3. The puppy came with papers proving its pedigree.

  4. Democracy is an idea with a pedigree stretching back to ancient Greece.

  5. The company has an excellent pedigree with over a century in the business.

Recent Examples of pedigree from the Web

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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

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PEDIGREE Defined for English Language Learners

pedigree

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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

pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ ˈpe-də-ˌgrē \

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 Dictionary

pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ ˈped-ə-ˌgrē \

medical Definition of pedigree

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


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