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thoroughbred

adjective thor·ough·bred \ ˈthər-ə-ˌbred , ˈthə-rə- \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of thoroughbred

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

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First Known Use of thoroughbred

1701

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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thoroughbred

noun

Definition of thoroughbred

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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First Known Use of thoroughbred

1728

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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THOROUGHBRED Defined for English Language Learners

thoroughbred

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

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thoroughbred

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

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thoroughbred

noun

Definition of thoroughbred for Students

1 capitalized : a speedy horse of an English breed kept mainly for racing
2 : a purebred animal
3 : a very educated or skilled person


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