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[wel-bred] /ˈwɛlˈbrɛd/
well brought up; properly trained and educated:
a well-bred boy.
showing good breeding, as in behavior or manners.
(of animals) of a desirable breed or pedigree.
Origin of well-bred
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His attitude was that of one who hesitated to demand silence from so well-bred a throng.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She is a well-bred animal, with a pretty face and fine feathering.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • He was used to her well-bred acquiescence in his well-bred actions.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It wouldn't stand for me, but it would be too well-bred to stand against me.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • A well-bred horse will outlast a common one, because it tries harder.

  • He appeared a pleasing, inoffensive, well-bred young fellow.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • And all this had come to him in a manner like keen scent to a well-bred hound.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Such deference is no infrequent tribute to well-bred reserve.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
British Dictionary definitions for well-bred


adjective (well bred when postpositive)
Also well-born. of respected or noble lineage
indicating good breeding: well-bred manners
of good thoroughbred stock: a well-bred spaniel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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