[adjective pyoo r-bred; noun pyoo r-bred]


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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Related Words for purebred

thoroughbred, full-blooded, registered, unmixed

Examples from the Web for purebred

Contemporary Examples of purebred

  • Are the Brogpas of Kashmir in India really the last bastion of purebred Aryans?

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    The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans

    Nina Strochlic

    January 3, 2015

  • She says the Humane Society would like to enforce spay and neuter laws to the point where there would be no purebred dogs left.

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    The Sleazy War on the Humane Society

    Center for Public Integrity

    August 18, 2014

  • Buying a purebred puppy is the type of discretionary spending that has probably fallen off in recent months and could use a boost.

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    Lee Aitken

    November 6, 2008

Historical Examples of purebred

  • "Thoroughbred for a horse, and purebred for a cow," Rose repeated willingly.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Purebred livestock is raised on many of the farms in this vicinity.

  • I might stand one or the other purebred, but the cross seems to bring out the worst strain in both.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They were bigger than the purebred Kent lambs, and seemed hardy enough.

    Joanna Godden

    Sheila Kaye-Smith

British Dictionary definitions for 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

1868, from pure + bred.

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