purebred

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

adjective

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

noun

a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.

Nearby words

  1. pure land,
  2. pure land sects,
  3. pure line,
  4. pure reason,
  5. pureblood,
  6. puree,
  7. purehearted,
  8. purely,
  9. purfle,
  10. purgation

Origin of purebred

First recorded in 1865–70; pure + bred

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British Dictionary definitions for purebred

purebred

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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Word Origin and History for purebred

purebred

adj.

1868, from pure + bred.

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