pedigree

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noun ped·i·gree \ˈpe-də-ˌgrē\

Definition of pedigree

  1. 1 :  a register recording a line of ancestors

  2. 2 a :  an ancestral line :  lineage b :  the origin and the history of something; broadly :  background, history

  3. 3 a :  a distinguished ancestry b :  the recorded purity of breed of an individual or strain

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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.

Did You Know?

What does someone's ancestry have to do with feet? Because someone once thought that a family tree, or genealogical chart, resembled a crane's foot (in French, pied de grue), even though cranes' feet only have four talons or claws, no more than any other bird, while a family tree may have hundreds of branches. The word pedigree is usually used for purebred animals--cats, racehorses, and dogs, as well as livestock such as cows and sheep. Some people continue to believe that "purity" in human family trees is a good thing as well, though most of us find the idea a little creepy.

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

pedigree

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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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