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 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, "Puppy mill loophole closed: Chicago pet stores banned from passing off purebred, designer dogs as rescues," 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, "Trained by inmates, Waukesha County's new service dog provides comfort and emotional support to victims," 21 Apr. 2021 In addition to his purebred Jack Russel terrier, Dangit, Schneider is often accompanied by Barnes. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Hard to get your head around': Over $40K has been raised to help a South Milwaukee business owner who has cancer," 1 Dec. 2020 One difference between purebred and mixed breed dogs, some veterinarians say, is that mixed breed dogs are generally healthier. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frenchies again rank as S.F.'s top dog - but not in every neighborhood," 17 Mar. 2021 Labrador retrievers and French bulldogs were the two most popular purebred dog breeds of 2020 in the United States. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Labs and Frenchies most popular purebred dog breeds of 2020 in US," 16 Mar. 2021 The purebred lap dogs now passed off as service animals to calm the anxieties that might arise from eating eggs Benedict on a Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles Times, "My dream for theater: Toss the old business model in the dumpster fire of 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Jay Qualman is a rare bird in the Detroit jungle: a purebred car cuckoo who nests in the high branches of the automobile business. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1988 Buick Reatta," 27 Nov. 2020 The purebred pooch beat out some 600 competitors, whose numbers were cut 70% from last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Scottish Deerhound named top pooch at National Dog Show," 26 Nov. 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 16 May. 2021.

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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


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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