thoroughbred

[thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr-]
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; thorough + bred

thoroughbredness, noun
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thoroughbred (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd)
 
adj
1.  purebred
 
n
2.  a pedigree animal; purebred
3.  a person regarded as being of good breeding

Thoroughbred (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd)
 
n
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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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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thoroughbred definition


  1. n.
    an underworld person who is trustworthy and loyal to the underworld. (Underworld.) : Bart is an A-1 thoroughbred.
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Example sentences
All thoroughbred people are considerate of the feelings of others no matter
  what the station of the others may be.
See the tremor of the thoroughbred racer before he starts.
As in all great contests, the heroes of the thoroughbred track square off in a
  world of thrilling victories and agonizing defeats.
It is a sort of catered pastoral, and lively, thoroughbred trout rise to the
  fly with a special leaping grace and style.
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