pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ˈpe-də-ˌgrē\

Definition of pedigree

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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pedigree

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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.

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 century

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PEDIGREE Defined for English Language Learners

pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ˈpe-də-ˌgrē\

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

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noun ped·i·gree \ˈpe-də-ˌgrē\

Definition of pedigree for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a line of ancestors


Medical Dictionary

pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ˈped-ə-ˌgrē\

Medical Definition of pedigree

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



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