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



    BrE BrE//ˈpedɪɡriː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedɪɡriː//
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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. See related entries: Family background
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pé de grue ‘crane's foot’, a mark used to denote succession in pedigrees.Extra examples The champions really showed their pedigree today. These ideas have a long and distinguished intellectual pedigree. These trees have pedigrees stretching back thousands of years.
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