thoroughbred

[ thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr- ]
/ ˈθɜr oʊˌbrɛd, -əˌbrɛd, ˈθʌr- /

adjective

of pure or unmixed breed, stock, or lineage, as a horse or other animal; bred from the purest and best blood.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to the Thoroughbred breed of horses.
(of a person) having good breeding or education.

noun

(initial capital letter) one of a breed of horses, to which all racehorses belong, originally developed in England by crossing Arabian stallions with European mares.
a thoroughbred animal.
a well-bred or well-educated person.

Nearby words

  1. thorold,
  2. thoron,
  3. thorough,
  4. thorough bass,
  5. thorough brace,
  6. thoroughfare,
  7. thoroughgoing,
  8. thoroughly,
  9. thoroughpaced,
  10. thoroughpin

Origin of thoroughbred

First recorded in 1695–1705; thorough + bred

Related formsthor·ough·bred·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for thoroughbred

thoroughbred

/ (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd) /

adjective

purebred

noun

a pedigree animal; purebred
a person regarded as being of good breeding

Thoroughbred

/ (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd) /

noun

a British breed of horse the ancestry of which can be traced to English mares and Arab sires; most often used as a racehorse
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Word Origin and History for thoroughbred

thoroughbred

adj.

1701, of persons, "thoroughly accomplished," from thorough + past tense of breed. In the horse sense of "of pure breed or stock" it dates from 1796; the noun is first recorded 1842.

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