from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of good upbringing; well-mannered and refined.
  • adj. Of good breed. Used of animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. well-mannered and refined because of a good upbringing and education
  • adj. of good breed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Well brought up, as shown in having good manners; cultivated; refined; polite.
  • adj. Having good breeding; refined in manners; polite; cultivated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of good breeding; polite; cultivated; refined.
  • Of good breed, stock, or race, as a domestic animal. Compare half-bred, thoroughbred.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of good upbringing


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  • Klein had 13 horses, three of them well-bred brood mares he bought from local thoroughbred man Curly Taylor.

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  • “Spoken like the well-bred gentleman that you are,” Trent remarked.

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  • They were well-bred, well-educated real estate moguls and philanthropists.

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  • She showed neither fright nor anger, and Malemute Kid chuckled at her well-bred equanimity.

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  • He glanced about him at the well-bred, well-dressed men and women, and breathed into his lungs the atmosphere of culture and refinement, and at the same moment the ghost of his early youth, in stiff-rim and square-cut, with swagger and toughness, stalked across the room.

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