Meaning of “pedigree” in the English Dictionary


"pedigree" in English

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uk /ˈped.ɪ.ɡriː/ us /ˈped.ə.ɡriː/

[ C ] a list of the parents and other relations of an animal:

The breeder showed us the dog's pedigree.
He breeds pedigree poodles/cattle (= ones whose parents and other relations are all of the same breed).

[ C or U ] a person's family history, education, and experience, or the history of an idea or activity:

His voice and manner suggested an aristocratic pedigree.
Isolationism has a long and respectable pedigree in American history.

(Definition of “pedigree” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pedigree" in American English

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pedigreenoun [ C ]

us /ˈped·ɪˌɡri/

the parents and other family members of a particular animal, or a record of them:

a dog’s pedigree

The pedigree of a person, idea, or activity is its history:

Populism and conservatism have strong Southern pedigrees.

(Definition of “pedigree” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)