Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “breeding”

breeding

noun [U] uk   /ˈbriː.dɪŋ/ us  

breeding noun [U] (ANIMALS)

the keeping of animals or plants in order to breed from them: The family's business was horse-breeding. We used to keep pigs for breeding purposes. the process in which animals have sex and produce young animals: The penguins' breeding season has begun.

breeding noun [U] (BEHAVIOUR)

(also good breeding) old-fashioned polite and socially correct behaviour that someone has because they were taught it as a child
(Definition of breeding from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of breeding?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “breeding”

Definitions of “breeding” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

wave

to raise your hand and move it from side to side as a way of greeting someone, telling someone to do something, or adding emphasis to an expression

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More