Definition of pedigree in English:

pedigree

Line breaks: pedi|gree
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛdɪgriː
 
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noun

  • 1The record of descent of an animal, showing it to be pure-bred: they are looking for animals with pedigrees [mass noun]: a spaniel of distinguished pedigree
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    • ‘In doing this they get to know the animals, their pedigrees and so on, as they need to have that kind of information for the competition,’ he commented.
    • The pedigree of the genotyped animals was traced back for five generations.
    • The pedigree of each animal in the study was traced back as far as known.
  • 1.1A pure-bred animal.
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    • He was a stallion pedigree, physically superior, and proved the point.
    • Acceptance of the calf as a pedigree will be acknowledged by the respective breed society once the necessary requirements for that society have been met.
    • And these hounds have been born and bred as pedigrees for 200 years - if you take them out to drag hunt, they are guaranteed to chase a fox if they find one.
  • 2The recorded ancestry or lineage of a person or family: with a pedigree equal to many of the gentry [mass noun]: the debate about pedigree and family fortunes
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    • A complete clinical assessment, family history and pedigrees were all recorded in special case proformas.
    • Many Welsh pedigrees assign existing families a Roman ancestor in the person of some official who lived in the period between the departure of the legions and the Saxon conquest.
    • Farmer Robert Cunyngham Brown is a grey-haired countryman who owns both Graveland and Otterswick and has a family pedigree on the island that stretches back hundreds of years.
    Synonyms
    ancestry, descent, lineage, line, line of descent, genealogy, family tree, extraction, derivation, origin, heritage, parentage, paternity, birth, family, dynasty, house, race, strain, stock, breed, blood, bloodline, history, background, roots
    rare stirps, filiation, stemma
  • 2.1The history or provenance of a person or thing, especially as conferring distinction: the scheme has a long pedigree
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    • We have a proven pedigree because of our retailing backgrounds.
    • Despite its historical pedigree, the spartan bunker, home to the government in times of national emergency, has been deemed too old-fashioned.
    • Few castles can boast the historic pedigree of Cathcart, which dates back to the days of Sir Alan Cathcart, a knight who served with Robert the Bruce.
  • 2.2A genealogical table: my host showed me his family pedigree
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    • A family tree or a pedigree is a diagram of the members of your extended family.
    • As a primary example, collection of family history and construction of pedigrees is a common activity in genetics curricula.
    • For these reasons it is logical to consider drawing a pedigree when asking about family illnesses.

adjective

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  • (Of an animal) pure-bred: pedigree cats
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    • Organised gangs are stealing pedigree dogs of all breeds from homes across the country and the dognapping crime is on the increase.
    • Anyone with knowledge of livestock and pedigree cattle will appreciate their true value.
    • The first phase of the plan, launched by DEFRA in July, was for pedigree sheep breeders.
    Synonyms
    pure-bred, thoroughbred, pure, pure-blooded, full-blooded

Derivatives

pedigreed

adjective
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  • Sam is a 14-year-old pedigreed Chinese crested and, unsurprisingly, has won the contest three times in a row.
  • Rogue employees have stolen and sold data from the most pedigreed blue chip companies.
  • Because they are pound dogs they are not really pedigreed, but the hunting breeds are good.

Origin

late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French pé de grue 'crane's foot', a mark used to denote succession in pedigrees.

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