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mastiff

[mas-tif, mah-stif] /ˈmæs tɪf, ˈmɑ stɪf/
noun
1.
one of a breed of large, powerful, short-haired dogs having an apricot, fawn, or brindled coat.
Origin
1300-1350
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)
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mastiff

mastiff

/ˈmæstɪf/
noun
1.
an old breed of large powerful short-haired dog, usually fawn or brindle with a dark mask
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, ultimately from Latin mansuētus tame; see mansuetude
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Word Origin and History for mastiff
n.

large, powerful breed of dog, early 14c., from Old French mastin (Modern French mâtin) or Provençal mastis, both from Vulgar Latin *mansuetinus "domesticated, tame," from Latin mansuetus "tame, gentle" (see mansuetude). Probably originally meaning a dog that stays in the house, thus a guard-dog. Form in English perhaps influenced by Old French mestif "mongrel."

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