race·​horse | \ ˈrās-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce racehorse (audio) \

Definition of racehorse

: a horse bred or kept for racing

Examples of racehorse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the greatest racehorse to not win a Triple Crown, Afleet Alex had one of the most dramatic wins in the history of the sport. Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "Horse racing: Counting down the best Triple Crown races of all-time," 16 May 2020 Write to Jon Hilsenrath at jon.hilsenrath@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications The missing racehorse in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story of Sherlock Holmes is Silver Blaze. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "The Dog That Didn’t Bark: What Soybean Prices Say About Trade Deal," 19 Jan. 2020 The outbreak in Thailand may have begun in late February, with the unexplained death of a racehorse in the Pak Chong district near Bangkok. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Thailand scrambles to contain major outbreak of horse-killing virus," 16 Apr. 2020 Who knew 1,200-pound racehorses could skate on thin ice? Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "At Golden Gate Fields, racing life goes on without spectators," 22 Mar. 2020 More than two dozen horse training professionals have been federally indicted for a widespread scheme to illegally dope racehorses. Julia Jacobo And, ABC News, "27 indicted in scheme to illegally dope racehorses in New York," 9 Mar. 2020 In 1989, Triple Crown-winning racehorse Secretariat, suffering a hoof ailment, was humanely destroyed at age 19. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1951, the MGM movie musical ‘‘An American in Paris,’’ starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, had its US premiere in New York.," 4 Oct. 2019 And yet, there is the matter of the Portofino’s racehorse-like relentless champing at the bit to surge to the front. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "Driving Ferrari’s $300,000 Portofino, a restless racehorse of a car," 23 Mar. 2020 One of Whitaker's favorite photographs from the portfolio was taken of racehorse Tiger Roll, on his way to winning back-to-back Grand Nationals in April. Ben Church, CNN, "Stunning images from horse racing's photographer of the year," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of racehorse

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of racehorse was circa 1626

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20 May 2020

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“Racehorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racehorse. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of racehorse

: a horse that is bred and trained for racing


race·​horse | \ ˈrās-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce racehorse (audio) \

Kids Definition of racehorse

: a horse bred or kept for racing

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