thoroughbred, purebred

As noun and adjective, these words mean "of unmixed stock, race, or breed." It is correct to refer to a thoroughbred (or purebred) horse and to an animal as thoroughbred or purebred. Only thoroughbred is applied to people. When this is done, the implication is that the person referred to is "of good breeding," a phrase interpreted to mean "polite," "courteous," "refined," and "well trained." Although purebred may be applied to any domestic animal, the word pedigreed is being increasingly used to indicate not only that the animal is of unmixed stock but that a valid written statement exists to attest this fact.

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  • purebred — pure|bred [ˈpjuəbred US ˈpjur ] adj a purebred animal has parents that are both the same breed = ↑pedigree →↑thoroughbred ▪ purebred Irish wolfhounds >purebred n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • purebred — See thoroughbred. See thoroughbred, purebred …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • thoroughbred — See thoroughbred, purebred …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • thoroughbred — [adj] pure, unmixed blood, full blooded, graded, papered, pedigree, pedigreed, pure blooded, purebred; concept 549 Ant. half breed, impure, mixed …   New thesaurus

  • thoroughbred — [thʉr′ō bred΄, thʉr′əbred΄] adj. 1. purebred; pedigreed: said as of a horse or a dog 2. thoroughly trained, educated, cultured, etc.; well bred 3. excellent; first rate n. 1. [T ] any of a breed of light horse developed by crossing Arabian and… …   English World dictionary

  • Thoroughbred — For other uses, see Thoroughbred (disambiguation). Thoroughbred Thoroughbred race horse Distinguishing features …   Wikipedia

  • Purebred — Purebreds, also called purebreeds, are cultivated varieties or cultivars of an animal species, achieved through the process of selective breeding. When the lineage of a purebred animal is recorded, that animal is said to be pedigreed. The term… …   Wikipedia

  • purebred horse — A horse descended from a line of ancestors of the same breed. Not necessarily registered in The American Stud Book or a foreign stud book recognized by The Jockey Club and the International Stud Book Committee. Note: A Thoroughbred is a purebred… …   Equestrian sports dictionary

  • thoroughbred — I. adjective Date: 1701 1. thoroughly trained or skilled < a thoroughbred soldier > 2. bred from the best blood through a long line ; purebred < thoroughbred dogs > 3. a. capitalized of, relating to, or being a Thoroughbred …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Thoroughbred — Pur sang anglais Pour les articles homonymes, voir pur sang (homonymie). Pur sang …   Wikipédia en Français

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