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thoroughbred

[thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr-]
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adjective
  1. of pure or unmixed breed, stock, or lineage, as a horse or other animal; bred from the purest and best blood.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to the Thoroughbred breed of horses.
  3. (of a person) having good breeding or education.
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noun
  1. (initial capital letter) one of a breed of horses, to which all racehorses belong, originally developed in England by crossing Arabian stallions with European mares.
  2. a thoroughbred animal.
  3. a well-bred or well-educated person.
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Origin of thoroughbred

First recorded in 1695–1705; thorough + bred
Related formsthor·ough·bred·ness, noun
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  • Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Their horse would go to the post as fit as any thoroughbred had ever stripped.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "Thoroughbred for a horse, and purebred for a cow," Rose repeated willingly.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • So the Manxman, such as he is, taken all the centuries through, is thoroughbred.

  • Murieta was washing his thoroughbred mare in the bed of the ravine.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt


British Dictionary definitions for thoroughbred

thoroughbred

adjective
  1. purebred
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noun
  1. a pedigree animal; purebred
  2. a person regarded as being of good breeding
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Thoroughbred

noun
  1. a British breed of horse the ancestry of which can be traced to English mares and Arab sires; most often used as a racehorse
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Word Origin and History for thoroughbred

adj.

1701, of persons, "thoroughly accomplished," from thorough + past tense of breed. In the horse sense of "of pure breed or stock" it dates from 1796; the noun is first recorded 1842.

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