Definition of breeding noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbriːdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbriːdɪŋ//
    [uncountable] Family background
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  1. 1the keeping of animals in order to breed from them the breeding of horses a breeding programme
  2. 2the producing of young animals, plants, etc. the breeding season
  3. 3the family or social background that is thought to result in good manners a sign of good breeding See related entries: Family background
  4. Extra examples Certain characteristics can be developed through selective breeding. Her good breeding shows in her exquisite manners. The young man clearly has breeding. a campaign to save the condor by captive breeding
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: breeding