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Definition of well-bred

1 somewhat old-fashioned : having or displaying the politeness and good manners associated especially with people of high social class a well-bred English gentleman well-bred manners Elizabeth had become a professional dancing teacher, with a school where well-bred children of the city learned the dances they were expected to know in the 1880s and 90s …— Elizabeth Kendall
2 of an animal : having a good pedigree well-bred swine Gate Dancer is a very well-bred horse … who has both speed and stamina …— William Leggett

First Known Use of well-bred

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Well-bred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-bred. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of well-bred

somewhat old-fashioned : having or showing good manners


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Kids Definition of well-bred

: having or showing good manners : polite

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