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[wel-bred] /ˈwɛlˈbrɛd/
well brought up; properly trained and educated:
a well-bred boy.
showing good breeding, as in behavior or manners.
(of animals) of a desirable breed or pedigree.
Origin of well-bred
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No well-bred, unmarried Spanish woman would dare take tea alone with a man unless they were engaged.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • His attitude was that of one who hesitated to demand silence from so well-bred a throng.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • "I would as soon spend a week-end with a well-bred block of ice," he confided to me on his return.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • He was used to her well-bred acquiescence in his well-bred actions.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Now that I saw her awake and moving I noticed what a superior, well-bred manner she had.

  • A well-bred horse will outlast a common one, because it tries harder.

  • well-bred, he has that in him which, even had his breeding been ill, would have raised him above it and made him a gentleman.

  • He appeared a pleasing, inoffensive, well-bred young fellow.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for well-bred


adjective (well bred when postpositive)
Also well-born. of respected or noble lineage
indicating good breeding: well-bred manners
of good thoroughbred stock: a well-bred spaniel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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