Meaning of thoroughbred

thor•ough•bred

Pronunciation: (thûr'ō-bred", -u-bred", thur'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. of pure or unmixed breed, stock, or race, as a horse or other animal; bred from the purest and best blood.
  2. (sometimes cap.) of or pertaining to the Thoroughbred breed of horses.
  3. (of a person) having good breeding or education.
—n.
  1. (cap.) one of a breed of horses, to which all racehorses belong, originally developed in England by crossing Arabian stallions with European mares.
  2. a thoroughbred animal.
  3. a well-bred or well-educated person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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