[mas-tif, mah-stif]
one of a breed of large, powerful, short-haired dogs having an apricot, fawn, or brindled coat.

1300–50; Middle English mastif, perhaps extracted from Anglo-French masti(n)s (taken as *mastifs), plural of Old French mastin < Vulgar Latin (canis) *ma(n)suētīnus, derivative of Latin mansuētus tame, mild (see mansuetude) Unabridged
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mastiff (ˈmæstɪf)
an old breed of large powerful short-haired dog, usually fawn or brindle with a dark mask
[C14: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mansuētus tame; see mansuetude]

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"large, powerful breed of dog," early 14c., from O.Fr. mastin or Prov. mastis, both from V.L. *mansuetinus "domesticated," from L. mansuetus "tame, gentle" (see mansuetude). Form influenced by O.Fr. mestif "mongrel."
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Example sentences
And, as you can tell from the photos, it is surviving the mastiff's giant paws quite nicely.
Look at the race and dray horse, or at the greyhound and mastiff.
It has the nimbleness of a greyhound, but not the bulk and body of a mastiff.
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