[ adjective pyoo r-bred; noun pyoo r-bred ]
/ adjective ˈpyʊərˈbrɛd; noun ˈpyʊərˌbrɛd /


of or relating to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed.


a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.

Origin of purebred

First recorded in 1865–70; pure + bred
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adjective (ˈpjʊəˈbrɛd)

denoting a pure strain obtained through many generations of controlled breeding for desirable traits

noun (ˈpjʊəˌbrɛd)

a purebred animalCompare grade (def. 9), crossbred (def. 2)
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