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thoroughbred

[thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr-] /ˈθɜr oʊˌbrɛd, -əˌbrɛd, ˈθʌr-/
adjective
1.
of pure or unmixed breed, stock, or race, as a horse or other animal; bred from the purest and best blood.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Thoroughbred breed of horses.
3.
(of a person) having good breeding or education.
noun
4.
(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.
5.
a thoroughbred animal.
6.
a well-bred or well-educated person.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; thorough + bred
Related forms
thoroughbredness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for thorough-bred

thoroughbred

/ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd/
adjective
1.
purebred
noun
2.
a pedigree animal; purebred
3.
a person regarded as being of good breeding

Thoroughbred

/ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd/
noun
1.
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 thorough-bred
thoroughbred
1701, of persons, "thoroughly accomplished," from thorough + past tense of breed. In the horse sense of "of pure breed or stock" it dates from 1796; the noun is first recorded 1842.
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Slang definitions & phrases for thorough-bred

thoroughbred

noun

An underworld figure who is loyal and trustworthy to cohorts (Underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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