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



    BrE BrE//briːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//briːd//
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  1. 1  a particular type of animal that has been developed by people in a controlled way, especially a type of dog, cat or farm animal Labradors and other large breeds of dog a breed of cattle/sheep rare breeds Wordfinderbiology, biotechnology, breed, cell, chromosome, DNA, gene, mutation, organism, protein Wordfinderbreed, class, classification, genus, hybrid, kingdom, order, phylum, species, taxonomy See related entries: Animal farming
  2. 2[usually singular] a type of person He represents a new breed of politician. Players as skilful as this are a rare breed.
  3. Word OriginOld English brēdan ‘produce (offspring), bear (a child)’, of Germanic origin; related to German brüten, also to brood.Extra examples Health workers are a breed apart in their commitment and dedication to duty. It takes a special breed of person to be a surgeon. This breed is used for both milk and meat production. Three years later the breed was officially recognized. a farm that keeps rare breeds a new breed of dairy cattle a new breed of international criminals Players as skilful as this are a rare breed.
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