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[adjective pyoo r-bred; noun pyoo r-bred] /adjective ˈpyʊərˈbrɛd; noun ˈpyʊərˌbrɛd/
of or relating to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed.
a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.
Origin of purebred
First recorded in 1865-70; pure + bred Unabridged
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  • The botanical characters of Concord indicate that it is a pure-bred Labrusca.

  • With them, too, I want a good sire, a pure-bred Yorkshire or Berkshire.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • A King, he will die royally: of an insolent race but pure-bred.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • I want none but pure-bred fowls in my collection, nor will I have them there, either.

    The History of The Hen Fever George P. Burnham
  • And the pure-bred Brazilian native has not been entirely wiped off the face of his homeland.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • The pure-bred Eskimo generally marries as soon as he can provide for a wife.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • On the average, the pure-bred Greenlanders are not prolific.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • This was quite a calamity in itself, for he is pure-bred and the children had hopes of him.

  • The British Isles have long been noted for their pure-bred stock.

British Dictionary definitions for pure-bred


adjective (ˈpjʊəˈbrɛd)
denoting a pure strain obtained through many generations of controlled breeding for desirable traits
noun (ˈpjʊəˌbrɛd)
a purebred animal Compare grade (sense 9), crossbred (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for pure-bred



1868, from pure + bred.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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