purebred

adjective

pure·​bred ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio)
-ˌbred
: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without admixture of other blood over many generations
purebred noun

Example Sentences

that horse is a purebred Arabian
Recent Examples on the Web That space is symbolic of the separation of their backgrounds: Seager was a purebred. Dallas News, 4 Apr. 2022 Through citizen science, owners, breeders, veterinarians and researchers can collectively weave together data highlighting the most prevalent health conditions affecting purebred dogs. Guest, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2017 The governor now spent his free time on sprawling ranches, riding purebred stallions, and was also accused of taking funds from an aid program for poor farmers. Tim Golden, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2022 The world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition, showcasing a variety of livestock in competition, sales, shows and other special events. The Courier-Journal, 2 Nov. 2022 Out of 200 purebred dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, less than a handful were the most frequently searched online. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 3 Oct. 2022 Out of 197 purebred dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, less than a handful were at the top of people's minds who searched online. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2022 Those fish began to cross-breed with the Apache Trout, slicing through purebred populations. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2022 Their future depends on selling a litter of purebred puppies to a local thug. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purebred was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Purebred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purebred. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

purebred

adjective
pure·​bred -ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio)
: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without cross-breeding over many generations
purebred noun

Medical Definition

purebred

adjective
pure·​bred -ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio)
: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without outbreeding over many generations
purebred noun
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