- 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
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Examples from the Web for well-bred
Both produce some wines good enough to challenge the well-bred conceits of wine makers in Burgundy and Bordeaux.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
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As a well-bred Mormon with ties to Utah, Huntsman has inevitably drawn comparisons to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Huntsman's Crazy 2012 Gambit
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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.
It wouldn't stand for me, but it would be too well-bred to stand against me.
A well-bred horse will outlast a common one, because it tries harder.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- Also: well-born of respected or noble lineage
- indicating good breedingwell-bred manners
- of good thoroughbred stocka well-bred spaniel
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