• The ever reliable Brickley; A football thoroughbred--Tack Hardwick
    The ever reliable Brickley; A football thoroughbred--Tack Hardwick
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thoroughbred having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal
    • n thoroughbred a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses
    • n thoroughbred a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares
    • n thoroughbred a well-bred person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes in New York in 1919, to become the first horse to capture the Triple Crown. This was the first time that the Belmont Stakes had been run as part of thoroughbred racing's most prestigious trio of events. Sir Barton had already won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown -the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky and the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
    • a Thoroughbred Bred from the best blood through a long line; pure-blooded; -- said of stock, as horses. Hence, having the characteristics of such breeding; mettlesome; courageous; of elegant form, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thoroughbred Of pure or unmixed breed, stock, or race; bred from a sire and dam of the purest or best blood. See II.
    • thoroughbred Hence Having the qualities characteristic of pure breeding; high-spirited; mettlesome; elegant or graceful in form or bearing: sometimes applied colloquially to persons.
    • thoroughbred Thoroughgoing; thorough.
    • n thoroughbred An animal, especially a horse, of pure blood, stock, or race; strictly, and as noting horses, a race-horse all of whose ancestors for a given number of generations (seven in England, five in America) are recorded in the stud-book. In America the name is now loosely given to any animal that is of pure blood and recorded pedigree, or is entitled to be recorded in a stud-book, herd-book, or flock-register, and whose ancestry is known and recorded for five generations of dams and six of sires. In the most restricted sense a thoroughbred is the English race-horse, with ancestry recorded in the stud-book; a pure-bred is a similarly bred animal of another breed, with recorded ancestry in herd-books, stud-books, flock-books, or other pedigree-records. Sometimes applied colloquially to persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thoroughbred thoroughly or completely bred: bred from a dam and sire of the best blood, as a horse, and having the qualities supposed to depend thereon
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The longer form of through.


In literature:

In other words, they preferred mongrels to thoroughbreds.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The man of whom I bought him said he was thoroughbred, but he begins to have a mongrel look about him.
"Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor" by Various
She feels like an ambitious thoroughbred that's been left at the post.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
He is what Jack call thoroughbred, and have the manners very fine.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
There was the stamp of the thoroughbred all over him.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
But the sorrel, too, was a thoroughbred, fresh when he left Frederick.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Sheener was a Jewish newsboy; that is to say, a representative of the only thoroughbred people in the world.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
She was a thoroughbred.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The way he climbed up through that dark gorge was a caution to thoroughbreds.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Take him all around, he's a thoroughbred.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

Nay; 'neath this tree let you and me
Woo Bacchus to caress us;
We're old, 't is true,
But still we two
Are thoroughbreds, God bless us!
"To Quintus Hirpinus" by Eugene Field
Saying, "Her soul is all feminine gameness,
Trusting her insights, ardent for living;
She would be weeping with me and be laughing,
A thoroughbred, joyous receiving and giving!"
"Rhymes For Gloriana" by Vachel Lindsay
Saying, “Her soul is all feminine gameness,
Trusting her insights, ardent for living;
She would be weeping with me and be laughing,
A thoroughbred, joyous receiving and giving!”
"On Suddenly Receiving A Curl Long Refused" by Vachel Lindsay
We knew as it was in 'im. 'E's thoroughbred, three part,
We bought 'im for to race 'im, but we found 'e 'ad no 'eart;
For 'e was sad and thoughtful, and amazin' dignified,
It seemed a kind o' liberty to drive 'im or to ride;
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The soldier takes pride in saluting his Captain,
The devotee proffers a knee to his Lord,
Some back a mare thrown from a thoroughbred,,
Troy backed its Helen; Troy died and adored;
Great nations blossom above;
A slave bows down to a slave.
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats
Cushing, scarce a man in years,
But a sailor thoroughbred,
“With a dozen volunteers
I will sink the ram,” he said.
“At the worst 'tis only dying.” And the old commander, sighing,
“‘Tis to save the fleet and flag — go ahead!”
"Albemarle Cushing" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

NOGALES (AP) William G Baffert, the father of Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert, died Monday.
Another 400 yards and he would join the thoroughbred pantheon.
How to win Toronto's Queen's Plate thoroughbred race .
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum has been named South Carolina's Best Equestrian Attraction for 2012 by The Official Best Of.
Thoroughbred racing under fire after investigative reports, cancellation of 'Luck.
Stephan de Kwiatkowski and his sister, Arianne, have a message for the Thoroughbred industry: The children of the late Henryk de Kwiatkowski are committed to the future of Calumet Farm.
The California Horse Racing Board has appointed commissioner Jesse Choper to oversee the current election for the Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors.
Roy Chapman and Bob Lewis were members of a very select club in Thoroughbred racing.
Thoroughbred trainer leaps into past with show jumping competition.
About nine years ago, a chestnut thoroughbred named Creme de la Fete was assigned a new groom, Efrain Silva.
He's a thoroughbred breeder, owner and trainer.
From edited NTRA release The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has altered the roles of several staff members to reflect priorities for 2005 as well as its long-term strategy, commissioner D.G.
You can fit 45 Thoroughbreds on a DC-8.
The Keeneland November breeding stock sale used to be one of the Thoroughbred marketplace's strongest performers.
Thoroughbred Stallion Trike – Deliveries On Schedule for October.