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Definition of pedigree noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] knowledge of or an official record of the animals from which an animal has been bred dogs with good pedigrees (= their ancestors are known and of the same breed)
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a person's family history or the background of something, especially when this is impressive She was proud of her long pedigree. The product has a pedigree going back to the last century.
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