[ adjective pyoor-bred; noun pyoor-bred ]
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  1. of or relating to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed.

  1. a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.

Origin of purebred

First recorded in 1865–70; pure + bred

Words Nearby purebred

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How to use purebred in a sentence

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

    Puppygate | Lee Aitken | November 6, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He bought purebred cows from the B-line folks, and sold them the big, weaned calves.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • purebred livestock is raised on many of the farms in this vicinity.

    North Dakota | Various
  • They were bigger than the purebred Kent lambs, and seemed hardy enough.

    Joanna Godden | Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • 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
  • "Thoroughbred for a horse, and purebred for a cow," Rose repeated willingly.

    Dust | Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

British Dictionary definitions for purebred


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

  1. a purebred animal: Compare grade (def. 9), crossbred (def. 2)

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