thor·​ough·​bred | \ ˈthər-ə-ˌbred How to pronounce thoroughbred (audio) , ˈthə-rə- \

Definition of thoroughbred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bred from the best blood through a long line : purebred thoroughbred dogs
2a 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



Definition of thoroughbred (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for thoroughbred

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of thoroughbred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Honoring the host city, where one finds the only thoroughbred racing in Arkansas, the Hot Springs Stakes returns to the Oaklawn schedule in 2023. Arkansas Online, 29 July 2022 Saturday’s concert was held as the finale event for the Pegasus World Cup, one of the premiere thoroughbred horse races in the country. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 Not going to be able to watch Saturday’s Belmont Stakes on TV, but still want to see which of the eight horses becomes the 154th winner of the thoroughbred-racing classic? Mark Inabinett |, al, 11 June 2022 The animal rights organization urged Harlow to donate the song’s proceeds toward caring for thoroughbred horses discarded by the industry, which, according to PETA, exports 7,500 horses for slaughter every year. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 3 June 2022 The Kentucky Derby is a top rank, Grade l stakes race for 3-year-old thoroughbred horses and the first leg of the American Triple Crown. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2022 All thoroughbred race horses have the same birthday—January 1. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 9 Feb. 2022 Bob Baffert and his attorneys will have 3 ½ months to prepare for a hearing that will determine the thoroughbred trainer’s fate in New York, the Daily Racing Form reported Monday. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 12 Oct. 2021 Anyone who has been fortunate enough to meander through the backroads outside Lexington should be able to close his eyes and picture the rolling bluegrass hills and thoroughbred farms Thompson describes. Chanslor Gallenstein, National Review, 27 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Dylan Donnelly moved himself over the barn dirt to ensure his thoroughbred could hear the final piece of advice. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Messier has proven to be the cream of that crop, and while Baffert’s name will not formally be attached to the thoroughbred, expect the horse to bring some of that Baffert magic to the track. Zack Jones, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Also nowhere to be seen: Albert Stewart’s historic sculpture of Swaps, the record-breaking thoroughbred that won the 1955 Kentucky Derby. Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 Popcorn Deelites, a thoroughbred who portrayed the Depression Era racing star in the Tobey Maguire film, was 24, a release from Old Friends Farm stated. NBC News, 23 Jan. 2022 After passing halfway eighty-three seconds ahead in 1:11:04, Radcliffe smelled home, like a spirited thoroughbred. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2019 With little to no formal acting experience, the twenty-six year old has established himself as a thoroughbred in the industry, landing back-to-back television guest-starring roles. Corein Carter, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thoroughbred


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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thor·​ough·​bred | \ ˈthər-ō-ˌbred How to pronounce thoroughbred (audio) \

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Kids Definition of thoroughbred (Entry 2 of 2)

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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