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


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.


(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.

Origin of thoroughbred

First recorded in 1695–1705; thorough + bred

OTHER WORDS FROM thoroughbred

thor·ough·bred·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for thoroughbred (1 of 2)

/ (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd) /




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

British Dictionary definitions for thoroughbred (2 of 2)

/ (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd) /


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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