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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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Examples for thoroughbred
  • 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.
  • Boxing and thoroughbred racing rounded out the big four spectator sports of the day.
  • For many reasons, the modern thoroughbred is more prone to injury and has less stamina than its predecessors.
  • Naming a thoroughbred race horse is a delicate and demanding task.
  • thoroughbred ownership offers perks, parties and prestige, but only the luckiest profit.
  • Bunker still owns one of the world's largest stables of thoroughbred racehorses.
British Dictionary definitions for thoroughbred

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 thoroughbred
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thoroughbred

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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