Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for purebred
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "Thoroughbred for a horse, and purebred for a cow," Rose repeated willingly.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • purebred livestock is raised on many of the farms in this vicinity.

    North Dakota Various
  • I might stand one or the other purebred, but the cross seems to bring out the worst strain in both.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • They were bigger than the purebred Kent lambs, and seemed hardy enough.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
British Dictionary definitions for purebred


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for purebred

1868, from pure + bred.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for purebred

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for purebred

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for purebred