thoroughbred

(redirected from Thoroughbreds)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

thor·ough·bred

 (thûr′ō-brĕd′, thûr′ə-, thŭr′-)
n.
1. A purebred or pedigreed animal, especially a horse.
2. Thoroughbred Any of a breed of horses, bred chiefly for racing, originating from crosses between Arabian stallions and English mares.
3. A well-bred person.
adj.
1. Bred of pure stock; purebred.
2. Thoroughbred Relating or belonging to horses of the Thoroughbred.
3. Thoroughly trained or educated; well-bred.

thoroughbred

(ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd)
adj
purebred
n
1. (Breeds) a pedigree animal; purebred
2. a person regarded as being of good breeding

Thoroughbred

(ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd)
n
(Breeds) a British breed of horse the ancestry of which can be traced to English mares and Arab sires; most often used as a racehorse

thor•ough•bred

(ˈθɜr əˌbrɛd, ˈθʌr-)

adj.
1. of pure or unmixed breed or stock, as a horse; purebred.
2. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the Thoroughbred breed of horses.
3. (of a person) well-bred or well-educated.
n.
4. (usu. cap.) one of a breed of horses, to which all racehorses belong, orig. developed in England by crossing Arabian stallions with European mares.
5. a thoroughbred animal.
6. a well-bred or well-educated person.
[1695–1705]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thoroughbred - a well-bred person
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
2.thoroughbred - a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares
bangtail, race horse, racehorse - a horse bred for racing
3.thoroughbred - a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineagethoroughbred - a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
Adj.1.thoroughbred - having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal
purebred - bred for many generations from member of a recognized breed or strain

thoroughbred

adjective purebred, pedigree, pure-blooded, blood, full-blooded, of unmixed stock a thoroughbred stallion
hybrid, mongrel, half-breed, crossbred, crossed, of mixed breed

thoroughbred

adjective
1. Of pure breeding stock:
2. Of high birth or social position:
Informal: upper-crust.
Translations

thoroughbred

[ˈθʌrəbred]
A. ADJ [horse] → de pura sangre
B. Npura sangre mf

thoroughbred

[ˈθʌrəbrɛd] n (= horse) → pur-sang m inv

thoroughbred

[ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd] adj & n (horse) → purosangue (m/f) inv
References in classic literature ?
You give away horses worth a thousand louis; you save the lives of ladies of high rank and beauty; under the name of Major Brack you run thoroughbreds ridden by tiny urchins not larger than marmots; then, when you have carried off the golden trophy of victory, instead of setting any value on it, you give it to the first handsome woman you think of
The man was a hunting maniac, and where my dear father used to grow prize peaches under glass, this vandal was soon stabling his hothouse thoroughbreds, which took prizes in their turn at all.
What Michael did know was that Del Mar had no pedigree and was a scrub as compared with thoroughbreds such as Steward, Captain Kellar, and MISTER Haggin of Meringe.
This Lizzie was a bright bay mare, almost thoroughbred, and a great favorite with the gentlemen, on account of her fine action and lively spirit; but Ginger, who knew more of her than I did, told me she was rather nervous.
Yet Gertrude remained single, and the admiral, who had formerly spent more money than he could comfortably afford on her education, and was still doing so upon her state and personal adornment, was complaining so unpleasantly of her failure to get taken off his hands, that she could hardly bear to live at home, and was ready to marry any thoroughbred gentleman, however unsuitable his age or character, who would relieve her from her humiliating dependence.
All laughed to see Don Fernando going from one to another collecting the votes, and whispering to them to give him their private opinion whether the treasure over which there had been so much fighting was a pack-saddle or a caparison; but after he had taken the votes of those who knew Don Quixote, he said aloud, "The fact is, my good fellow, that I am tired collecting such a number of opinions, for I find that there is not one of whom I ask what I desire to know, who does not tell me that it is absurd to say that this is the pack-saddle of an ass, and not the caparison of a horse, nay, of a thoroughbred horse; so you must submit, for, in spite of you and your ass, this is a caparison and no pack-saddle, and you have stated and proved your case very badly.
He stepped past and laid his hand upon the glossy neck of the thoroughbred.
His brother, however, unwilling to part with him so soon, proposes to ride with him in a light open carriage to the place where he will bait for the night, and there remain with him until morning, a servant riding for so much of the journey on the thoroughbred old grey from Chesney Wold.
The squadwon can't pass," shouted Vaska Denisov, showing his white teeth fiercely and spurring his black thoroughbred Arab, which twitched its ears as the bayonets touched it, and snorted, spurting white foam from his bit, tramping the planks of the bridge with his hoofs, and apparently ready to jump over the railings had his rider let him.
are no mean assemblage: many will be glad to have so much in one instructor; and this time, you shall try your fortune in a somewhat higher family in that of some genuine, thoroughbred gentleman; for such are far more likely to treat you with proper respect and consideration than those purse-proud tradespeople and arrogant upstarts.
Thus they leap over obstacles that would slow up a human being, and upon the level attain a speed that would make a thoroughbred look to his laurels.
There were beasts of all sorts; horses, in particular, of every breed, from the spotted barrel on four pegs, with a small tippet for a mane, to the thoroughbred rocker on his highest mettle.