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Meaning of “pedigree” in the English Dictionary

"pedigree" in British English

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pedigreenoun

uk   us   /ˈped.ɪ.ɡriː/
[C] a ​list of the ​parents and other ​relations of an ​animal: The ​breedershowed 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 ​familyhistory, ​education, and ​experience, or the ​history of an ​idea or ​activity: His ​voice and ​mannersuggested 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)

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pedigreenoun [C]

 us   /ˈped·ɪˌɡri/
the ​parents and other ​familymembers of a ​particularanimal, or a ​record of them: a dog’s pedigree The pedigree of a ​person, ​idea, or ​activity is ​itshistory: Populism and ​conservatism have ​strong Southern pedigrees.
(Definition of pedigree from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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