of superior breed.
characteristic of superior breeding: highbred manners.

Origin of highbred

First recorded in 1665–75; high + bred
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Examples from the Web for high-bred

Historical Examples of high-bred

  • He has a number of beautiful and high-bred cats at Bendigo Lodge.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • She was not unlike a high-bred donkey endowed with the power of laughter.

  • He almost felt bitter when he saw Daniel's high-bred and delicate figure.


    James Huneker

  • What a triumph it would have been to have made the high-bred Mr. Walpole feel in this wise.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • High-breeding was admirable in days when the world itself was high-bred.