1

thoroughbred

play
adjective thor·ough·bred \-ˌbred\

Definition of thoroughbred

  1. 1 :  bred from the best blood through a long line :  purebred thoroughbred dogs

  2. 2a capitalized :  of, relating to, or being a Thoroughbred horseb :  having characteristics resembling those of a Thoroughbred

  3. 3 :  thoroughly trained or skilled a thoroughbred soldier

Recent Examples of thoroughbred from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thoroughbred'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of thoroughbred

1701


2

thoroughbred

noun thor·ough·bred

Definition of thoroughbred

  1. 1 :  a purebred or pedigreed animal

  2. 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. 3 :  a thoroughly educated or skilled person

Recent Examples of thoroughbred from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thoroughbred'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Illustration of thoroughbred

First Known Use of thoroughbred

1820


THOROUGHBRED Defined for English Language Learners

thoroughbred

noun

Definition of thoroughbred for English Language Learners

  • : an animal (especially a horse) whose parents are from the same breed

  • Thoroughbred : a type of fast horse used mainly for racing


THOROUGHBRED Defined for Kids

1

thoroughbred

play
adjective thor·ough·bred \ˈthər-ō-ˌbred\

Definition of thoroughbred for Students


2

thoroughbred

play
noun thor·ough·bred

Definition of thoroughbred for Students

  1. 1 cap :  a speedy horse of an English breed kept mainly for racing

  2. 2 :  a purebred animal

  3. 3 :  a very educated or skilled person



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up thoroughbred? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to be a fixed element or attribute

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2017 Words of the Day Quiz

  • alt-597a99e699d07
  • Which is a synonym of gauche?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!