thoroughbred

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adjective

thor·​ough·​bred ˈthər-ə-ˌbred How to pronounce thoroughbred (audio)
ˈthə-rə-
1
: bred from the best blood through a long line : purebred
thoroughbred dogs
2
a
capitalized : of, relating to, or being a Thoroughbred horse
b
: having characteristics resembling those of a Thoroughbred
3
: thoroughly trained or skilled
a thoroughbred soldier

thoroughbred

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noun

1
: a purebred or pedigreed animal
2
capitalized : any of an English breed of light speedy horses kept chiefly for racing that originated from crosses between English mares of uncertain ancestry and Arabian stallions
3
: a thoroughly educated or skilled person

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Example Sentences

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Adjective
In 2019, The Stronach Group, owners of the Maryland Jockey Club, Pimlico and the Preakness, along with the state’s thoroughbred industry stakeholders, reached a historic agreement. Donna M. Owens, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2022 Baffert, whose horses won the Triple Crown in 2015 and 2018, is thoroughbred horse racing’s most recognizable personality. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Western way of life?—it’s not so far away from the world of thoroughbred horse breeding. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 13 Jan. 2023 The first holds a gleaming white diamond cut into a teardrop, and the second a thoroughbred Colombian emerald in the same shape. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Jan. 2023 Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, the owners of the simulcasting facility at Suffolk Downs, attempted to establish a thoroughbred racetrack in Great Barrington, but abandoned the plan in 2021. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2023 That means thoroughbred and harness racing must share the track, and take turns with each style of racing. Robert Mccoppin, Chicago Tribune, 20 Dec. 2022 One of the premier thoroughbred horse racing events in the world, this year’s edition of Pegasus takes place Saturday, January 28 at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec. 2022 Adjustments continue for horsemen and management at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, nearly set to begin its second consecutive thoroughbred meet with a December start. Arkansas Online, 5 Dec. 2022
Noun
Running the biggest race of a brief career, Flightline left no doubt about this year’s top thoroughbred. Gary B. Graves, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2022 Kelso, running in what is billed as his final race in New York, wins his fifth consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cup, surpassing Round Table as the all-time money-winning thoroughbred. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2022 Majesky, who was already known to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigators, was determined to be the owner and caretaker of the thoroughbred. Sofia Saric, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2022 For 1966, Shelby toned the GT 350 down from a wild mustang to a merely high-strung thoroughbred. Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2022 Back in the 1970s, the famed turf writer Andrew Beyer came up with an analytic to determine a thoroughbred’s performance based on the speed of his race and track variant. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 The 28-year-old thoroughbred is the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 14 Apr. 2022 David Kramer, the oldest perfect son, is currently campaigning a thoroughbred named Glenroy, named for the family street in Bel Air. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 That said, not just horse lovers will be enthralled by this often heart-pounding novel about the legacy of a remarkable thoroughbred. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thoroughbred was in 1701

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

thoroughbred

1 of 2 adjective
thor·​ough·​bred ˈthər-ə-ˌbred How to pronounce thoroughbred (audio)
ˈthə-rə-
1
: bred from the best stock through a long line : purebred
thoroughbred dogs
2
capitalized : of, relating to, or being a Thoroughbred horse

thoroughbred

2 of 2 noun
1
: a purebred or pedigreed animal
2
capitalized : any of an English breed of light speedy horses kept chiefly for racing

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