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[adjective pyoo r-bred; noun pyoo r-bred]
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  1. of or relating to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed.
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  1. a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.
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Origin of purebred

First recorded in 1865–70; pure + bred
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  • "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)
  1. denoting a pure strain obtained through many generations of controlled breeding for desirable traits
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noun (ˈpjʊəˌbrɛd)
  1. 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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