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

Examples of purebred in a Sentence

that horse is a purebred Arabian
Recent Examples on the Web On average, mixed-breed dogs live longer than their purebred counterparts. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 The American Kennel Club is a nonprofit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, according to their website. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2023 The designer dog debate One of the study’s more surprising takeaways was that purebred dogs were found to outlive mixes by about eight months. Amanda Schupak, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 The study also found that the breed of dog matters, as purebred dogs lived approximately eight months longer than crossbred dogs with two or more breeds. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 Barnes is accused of leveraging her position and access to county resources to transfer purebred dogs from around the county to her non-profit organization. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 While older dogs have long been at risk of losing their homes, Filer said this year there’s also been a big increase in puppies and purebred dogs arriving at shelters. TIME, 8 Jan. 2024 On Wednesday, the organization, which officiates the world's largest registry of purebred dogs, announced that the small-but-mighty Lancashire Heeler has received full recognition, becoming AKC's 201st breed. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2024 Commander, a purebred German shepherd, bit the Secret Service officer around 8 p.m. Monday. Luke Barr, ABC News, 26 Sep. 2023

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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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“Purebred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purebred. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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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