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thoroughbred

[thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr-] /ˈθɜr oʊˌbrɛd, -əˌbrɛd, ˈθʌr-/
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.
noun
4.
(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.
5.
a thoroughbred animal.
6.
a well-bred or well-educated person.
Origin of thoroughbred
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; thorough + bred
Related forms
thoroughbredness, 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
  • Nothing less swift than a bullet could ever catch that thoroughbred.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
British Dictionary definitions for thoroughbred

thoroughbred

/ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd/
adjective
1.
purebred
noun
2.
a pedigree animal; purebred
3.
a person regarded as being of good breeding

Thoroughbred

/ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd/
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thoroughbred

thoroughbred

noun

An underworld figure who is loyal and trustworthy to cohorts (Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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