purebred

adjective
pure·bred | \ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred, -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 \ noun

Examples of purebred in a Sentence

that horse is a purebred Arabian

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Zarif's dog, a 13-year-old purebred boxer named Tyson who was the star of his owner's Instagram account, died without warning. Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY, "Klay Thompson’s historic playoff game was dedicated to friend’s dog," 21 Mar. 2018 The team hopes to see the first purebred northern white rhino born to a surrogate through this method in three years, Dr. Hildebrandt said. New York Times, "Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies," 4 July 2018 The debate Whatever the rankings, animal-rights activists say purebred fads drive puppy mills, consign other dogs to shelters and prioritize looks over health. CBS News, "Top U.S. dog breeds: Labs lead, French bulldogs leap in popularity," 28 Mar. 2018 The debate Whatever the rankings, animal-rights activists say purebred fads drive puppy mills, consign other dogs to shelters and prioritize looks over health. Jennifer Peltz, chicagotribune.com, "Labs still the favorite dog in U.S., but French bulldogs surge in popularity," 28 Mar. 2018 Boyle plays Scorpius Malfoy, whose father, Draco Malfoy, is a purebred, old-money wizard supremacist who made Harry Potter’s life a living hell in the first iteration of the books. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Anthony Boyle, the Maybe Bad Boy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," 5 June 2018 The eight other purebred puppies discovered in the makeshift veterinary clinic, where large packets of liquid heroin were surgically implanted into the folds of skin along their bellies, suffered grave consequences. New York Times, "Veterinarian Charged With Smuggling Heroin Inside Puppies," 1 May 2018 Follow along with my escapades — and my purebred mutt, Nala — on Instagram @HauerSarah. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Ordering food on Instagram, the state's first Ikea and a bar name controversy," 9 May 2018 Basically, his face got smushed, so while his brothers and sisters were sold for $1,500 each as purebred yellow Labs, he was given away to his previous owner free. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "'I laugh at him all the time': Meet Beaux Tox, the dog with a face made for Instagram | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of purebred

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purebred was in 1839

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purebred

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of purebred

of animals : having parents that are of the same breed

purebred

adjective
pure·bred | \ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred \

Kids Definition of purebred

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

purebred

adjective
pure·bred | \-ˈbred \

Medical Definition of purebred 

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

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purebred \-ˌbred \ noun

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