well brought up; properly trained and educated: a well-bred boy.
showing good breeding, as in behavior or manners.
(of animals) of a desirable breed or pedigree.

Origin of well-bred

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Contemporary Examples of well-bred

Historical Examples of well-bred

  • His attitude was that of one who hesitated to demand silence from so well-bred a throng.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • She is a well-bred animal, with a pretty face and fine feathering.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • He was used to her well-bred acquiescence in his well-bred actions.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • It wouldn't stand for me, but it would be too well-bred to stand against me.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • A well-bred horse will outlast a common one, because it tries harder.

British Dictionary definitions for well-bred


adjective (well bred when postpositive)

Also: well-born of respected or noble lineage
indicating good breedingwell-bred manners
of good thoroughbred stocka well-bred spaniel
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