pedigree

noun
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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Regardless, nobody has really nailed noise cancelling in a true wireless form factor just yet, and Sony’s ANC pedigree is as good as anyone’s. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Sony’s WF-1000XM3 bring noise cancellation to AirPods-style wireless earbuds," 5 July 2019 But a writer-producer of Kelley’s pedigree wouldn’t be booking that return trip without a compelling dramatic incentive. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "Meryl Streep is powerful addition to ‘Big Little Lies’," 7 June 2019 With Eugenie Le Sommer’s goal-scoring pedigree, along with Kadidiatou Diani’s mix of speed and clinical ability, France will be among the most dangerous attacking squads. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "A guide to the 2019 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament," 6 June 2019 That’s a hell of a pedigree, and a hell of a premise. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "What If the Soviets Beat NASA to the Moon? Apple’s New Show Reimagines the Space Race," 3 June 2019 Getting through the group stage was seen as enough of a challenge, and having negotiated that comfortably, an honorable defeat to a team with Spain’s pedigree would have been an acceptable outcome. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin is winning the World Cup," 1 July 2018 There was some thought that given VerHagen’s pitching pedigree – a tall, former fourth-rounder who throws hard – another team in need of bullpen help would bite. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Candelario back in lineup for Detroit Tigers after day off," 27 Apr. 2018 Paschall is a rugged big man with a high motor, an ability to defend multiple positions and a championship pedigree. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Hoping to return to blueprint, Warriors add draft picks," 20 June 2019 Dechow and his colleagues Wansheng Liu and Xiang-Peng Yue analyzed the paternal pedigree information of nearly 63,000 Holstein bulls born since the 1950s in North America. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019

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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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pedigree

noun

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

pedigree

noun
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

pedigree

noun
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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