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 pedigreed (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 In person, Barnett has rock-star charisma that belies her august pedigree and sets her apart from her besuited peers. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The TV Boss Against the Algorithm," 13 Apr. 2020 But don’t mistake his educational pedigree for tolerance. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Justin Sims is voice black youths sorely need to hear," 4 Mar. 2020 His pedigree includes a dominant junior season in 2019. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Alabama safety Xavier McKinney on NFL draft meeting with Patriots: 'A little tough, a little awkward'," 28 Feb. 2020 Attendees are asked to bring their pedigree and/or family group sheets. cleveland, "Westlake’s Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis honored by St. Joseph Academy: West Shore Chatter," 25 Feb. 2020 The four-star recruit from Detroit had 64 points in a game last winter for SPIRE Academy in Ohio; the bulk of those points came off 15 3-pointers, so the pedigree is there despite the longer distance in the college game. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State basketball needs Rocket Watts to be a scorer," 3 Feb. 2020 Oldham County has the pedigree with 16 regional championships, but South Oldham won three out of four from 2013-16. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about high school basketball in the Eighth Region," 6 Mar. 2020 Ruggs certainly has the pedigree, having played for Nick Saban and posting incredible numbers. Globe Staff,, "TE Albert Okwuegbunam, WR Henry Ruggs III impress as on-field drills get underway at NFL Combine," 27 Feb. 2020 Championship pedigree defense Aranda was part of LSU’s national championship after a perfect 15-0 season as its defensive coordinator. Dallas News, "10 things to know about Baylor head coach Dave Aranda, from his nicknames to his toughness from his playing days," 17 Jan. 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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pedigree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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