[thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for thoroughbred
They acquired Lucky Pulpit for the bargain price of $2,000—about as cheap as a thoroughbred comes these days.Why California Chrome’s Fairy Tale Didn’t End Happily Ever After
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A thoroughbred horse stampeding across the Churchill Downs turn.McConnell Campaign’s Huge Duke Whopper
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The mix of kickboxing, yoga and Pilates would surely whip anyone into shape, let alone a thoroughbred supermodel.Anderson Cooper Adopts The Chanel Hula-Hoop Bag; Lagerfeld talks Eating Disorders
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Occasionally you will encounter a thoroughbred Weenie, a type of Weenie who is to the weaseling, weaselish manner born.Monsters vs. Weenies
December 29, 2009
Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.The Spenders
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Their horse would go to the post as fit as any thoroughbred had ever stripped.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Thoroughbred for a horse, and purebred for a cow," Rose repeated willingly.Dust
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So the Manxman, such as he is, taken all the centuries through, is thoroughbred.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Murieta was washing his thoroughbred mare in the bed of the ravine.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
- a pedigree animal; purebred
- a person regarded as being of good breeding
- 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
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