from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bred in high life; of pure blood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bred in high life; having refined manners or breeding.
- Of a fine breed; high-blooded.
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Matthew Staver for The Wall Street Journal Mrs. Hill included scores of prominent families in the register but she herself would only regularly associate with those she deemed the most high-bred.
She was educated-convent-bred, possibly-and spoke perfect English and better French, her manners were impeccable, and she was as beautiful as only a high-bred octoroon fancy can be, with a figurehead like St Cecilia and a body that would have brought a stone idol howling off its pedestal.
But against that I argue that the vulgar, cracker-voiced hoyden of Washing-ton was as unlike the high-bred frigid midget of Greystones as could be.
“The Shrew Tamed”--a high-bred horse of soft silken coat, dappled with play of light and shade as on velvet--subdued by a “pretty horsebreaker,” is certainly unfortunate as a subject. ...
He nods at my boys, who gaze up at him as if he were some kind of high-bred horse, too big for them to pet but a figure for awestruck admiration, and then he looks back to me.
The parade of unscrupulous lawyers, tattling servants, vapid society matrons and venal would-be heirs has shown the world not high-bred gentleness but a thoroughly demoralized upper class.
Her figure was majestic, her manners high-bred, her reading extensive, and her conversation elegant.
And yet these high accomplishments were mixed with an air of rusticity and harebrained vivacity, which seemed rather to belong to some village maid, the coquette of the ring around the Maypole, than to the high-bred descendant of an ancient baron.
It appears to me that we go much too far for an explanation of the legend; a high-bred girl is so like a swan in many points that the idea readily suggests itself.
A critic has complained of my tracing the origin of the Swan-maiden legend to the physical resemblance between the bird and a high-bred girl (vol.v. 346).
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