well-bred

adjective
\ ˈwel-ˈbred How to pronounce well-bred (audio) \

Definition of well-bred

1 : having or displaying good breeding : refined
2 : having a good pedigree well-bred swine

First Known Use of well-bred

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of well-bred was in 1585

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well-bred

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of well-bred

somewhat old-fashioned : having or showing good manners

well-bred

adjective
\ ˈwel-ˈbred\

Kids Definition of well-bred

: having or showing good manners : polite

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