pedigree

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 [ˈpɛdɪgriː]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ped•i•gree /ˈpɛdɪˌgri/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. one's ancestral line;
    lineage;
    ancestry: [uncountable]a study of their pedigree.[countable]a pedigree spanning centuries.
  2. a record of the ancestry of an animal, esp. of a purebred animal: [uncountable]great pedigree.[countable]the pedigree of a collie.
  3. [uncountable] distinguished or pure ancestry.

adj. Also,  ˈped•iˌgreed. 
  1. having established purebred ancestry:a pedigree collie.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ped•i•gree  (pedi grē′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an ancestral line;
    line of descent;
    lineage;
    ancestry.
  2. a genealogical table, chart, list, or record, esp. of a purebred animal.
  3. distinguished, excellent, or pure ancestry.
  4. derivation, origin, or history:the pedigree of a word.
pedi•gree′less, adj. 
  • Anglo-French, equivalent. to Middle French pie de grue literally, foot of crane, a fanciful way of describing the appearance of the lines of a genealogical chart
  • late Middle English pedegru 1375–1425
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Pedigree, genealogy refer to an account of ancestry. A
      pedigree is a table or chart recording a line of ancestors, either of persons or (more especially) of animals, as horses, cattle, and dogs;
      in the case of animals, such a table is used as proof of superior qualities:a detailed pedigree.A
      genealogy is an account of the descent of a person or family traced through a series of generations, usually from the first known ancestor:a genealogy that includes a king.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pedigree /ˈpɛdɪˌɡriː/ n
  1. the line of descent of a purebred animal
  2. (as modifier): a pedigree bull
  3. a document recording this
  4. a genealogical table, esp one indicating pure ancestry
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French pie de grue crane's foot, alluding to the spreading lines used in a genealogical chart

ˈpediˌgreed adj



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