pure·​bred | \ ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) , -ˌbred \

Definition of purebred

: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without admixture of other blood over many generations

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purebred \ ˈpyu̇r-​ˌbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \ noun

Examples of purebred in a Sentence

that horse is a purebred Arabian
Recent Examples on the Web The purebred Italian stallions also require a more complex approach to electrification. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2021 Thefts of purebred animals, which can fetch high prices even when they aren’t attached to pop stars, are not unheard of. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2021 The dog, which her caretakers say appears to be a purebred small poodle about 14 years old or older, should weigh about 13 pounds but is still under 8 pounds. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, 23 July 2021 These people may pay extra for possessions considered ostentatoire—the purebred racehorse (around $5,450), the private plane ($82 per horsepower), and so on. Laurence Scott, Wired, 14 July 2021 All Trotter knows is that a virtual lifetime as a dog lover, and a purebred owner, breeder and handler, has landed her in a rarefied place in her sport this weekend, and she is deeply honored by that. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 There’s now also Japanese Wagyu (purebred) and American Wagyu (crossbred, often with angus). Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 3 June 2021 One Southwest Side store, for example, acquired 765 purebred and designer puppies from a sham Iowa rescue and sold them for more than $1.1 million between 2016 and November 2018, according to the Iowa attorney general’s office. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Pepper, a purebred Labrador retriever, is nationally certified, trained to recognize and respond to dozens of commands. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of purebred

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Purebred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purebred. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of purebred

: having parents that are of the same breed


pure·​bred | \ ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \

Kids Definition of purebred

: bred from ancestors of a single breed for many generations purebred horses


pure·​bred | \ -ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \

Medical Definition of purebred

: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without outbreeding over many generations

Other Words from purebred

purebred \ -​ˌbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \ noun


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