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 But a rare one, too, in offering up a protagonist who is not a princess or a mermaid or a purebred cocker spaniel, but a warrior in the most genuine sense of the word. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Disney's live-action Mulan is a sweeping, somber epic: Review," 3 Sep. 2020 The Labrador retriever’s commanding, unwavering lead at the front of the purebred pack isn’t that surprising, Brandi Hunter, the AKC’s vice president of public relations and communications, tells CNN. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Labrador Tops Most Popular Dog Breed List for 29th Year in a Row," 5 May 2020 There’s a reason that, year-in and year-out, the Lab stands atop the list of purebred dogs registered with the American Kennel Club. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, "6 Hunting Dogs that Make Good House Dogs," 15 May 2020 In Bangkok, a city that is crazy for purebred dogs, pet salons are among the businesses that have been allowed to reopen. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 11 May 2020 The rankings indicate the relative popularity of different breeds among the 589,868 purebred dogs, mostly puppies, that joined the nation's oldest dog registry last year. Jennifer Peltz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Puppy love: Corgis join popular American dog rankings," 1 May 2020 They can be bought for as little as $800 to $2,000 for a cub and $200 to $500 for an adult, which is less expensive than many purebred dog puppies. Popular Science, "‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade," 8 Apr. 2020 The scientists analyzed MRIs of 62 purebred dogs representing 33 breeds, from basset hounds and beagles to Welsh corgis and Yorkshire terriers. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, "Canine MRIs Sniff Out How Human Preferences Shaped Dogs’ Hallmark Traits," 3 Sep. 2019 The first was a purebred English black Labrador, which apparently meant he’d been bred to have an outlandishly pure libido. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Your Trail Dog Sucks (Mine Does, Too)," 18 Mar. 2020

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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 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of purebred

of animals : 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


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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 How to pronounce purebred (audio) \ noun

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