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pedigree

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman pé de grue, a variant of Old French pié de gru (foot of a crane), from Latin pedem (foot) + gruem (crane).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pedigree (plural pedigrees)

  1. A chart, list, or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding. [from 15th c.]
  2. A person's ancestral history; ancestry, lineage. [from 15th c.]
  3. (uncountable) Good breeding or ancestry. [from 15th c.]
  4. The history or provenance of an idea, custom etc. [from 16th c.]
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 33:
      This connection between sexual and spiritual impurity had an immense pedigree.
  5. The ancestry of a domesticated animal, especially a dog or horse. [from 17th c.]

TranslationsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

pedigree (comparative more pedigree, superlative most pedigree)

  1. Having a pedigree.
  2. Purebred.

See alsoEdit


PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

pedigree m (plural pedigrees)

  1. pedigree (chart of ancestors, showing the breed of an animal)

AdjectiveEdit

pedigree m, f (plural pedigree; comparable)

  1. purebred; pedigree