Definition of hybrid in English:


Line breaks: hy¦brid
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪbrɪd


  • 2A thing made by combining two different elements: jungle is a hybrid of reggae and house music
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    • To this end, firms have created hybrids combining elements of free code with code that is licensed for cash.
    • I mean this episode tonight is a hybrid of different TV shows.
    • With no lineouts, no meaningful scrums and all players having to be greyhounds, it's a hybrid of rugby union.
  • 2.1A word formed from elements taken from different languages, for example television (tele- from Greek, vision from Latin).
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    • In present-day usage, despite Fowler's strictures, concern for classical and linguistic purity is minimal and the coining of etymological hybrids is casual and massive.
    • That is a hybrid between the words create and reality that you made up.
    • An example of a Spanish-Aztec hybrid word is chibola, the Nicaraguan word for bottled soda.
  • 2.2 (also hybrid car) A car with a petrol engine and an electric motor, each of which can propel it.
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    • It will be a rear wheel drive full hybrid making it able to travel at low speeds under electric propulsion alone.
    • Officials will not give specific figures but say fuel economy will be equivalent to that of a compact car, and the hybrid will produce fewer emissions than a standard SUV.
    • There are many corporations offering incentives such as free parking to those who drive hybrids.


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  • 1Of mixed character; composed of different elements: hybrid diesel-electric buses
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    • But at the same time, he teases out of the monitor a hybrid video stream composed of diverse elements, synthesized and reordered.
    • Some comments really do conjure hybrid cities and mixed realities.
    • For many the gaming elements of a hybrid device could be a turn-off.
  • 1.1Bred as a hybrid from different species or varieties: a hybrid variety hybrid offspring
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    • The debate over whether or not to use hybrid varieties becomes very different when you switch from big-time agriculture to home gardening.
    • There are well over 300 species of Dianthus, including hundreds of hybrid varieties.
    • One advantage of male-sterile plants is in the production of hybrid varieties of some species that currently are difficult and expensive to produce in quantity.



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  • This hybridism is particular to all the Islamic movements described, in Turkey, France and Germany: Muslims reflect Muslim values but also employ western forms of self-representation.
  • I am a product of this post-apartheid hybridism.
  • This is where the hybridism of all cultures in media spaces stops.


Pronunciation: /-ˈbrɪdɪti/
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  • Inspired by news items about cloning and the duel concepts of cultural opposition and hybridity, he melded the peaceful birds with fiercer creatures of prey and perched them all on a fence.
  • As always, the weekend sidestage shows that will take place during the day on July 27 and 28 are sure to be a source of musical innovation and cultural hybridity.
  • In their own individual ways, all these artists reflect - and reflect upon - this cultural hybridity.


early 17th century (as a noun): from Latin hybrida 'offspring of a tame sow and wild boar, child of a freeman and slave, etc.'.

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