What does breeding mean?

Definitions for breeding
ˈbri dɪŋbreed·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word breeding.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. breeding, genteelness, gentilitynoun

    elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

  2. education, training, breedingnoun

    the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior)

    "a woman of breeding and refinement"

  3. breeding, bringing up, fostering, fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringingnoun

    helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community

    "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"

  4. breedingnoun

    the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization

  5. reproduction, procreation, breeding, facts of lifeadjective

    the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring

  6. breedingadjective

    producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring

    "the breeding population"; "retained a few bulls for breeding purposes"


  1. breedingnoun

    The process through which propagation, growth or development occurs.

    Your dog has had good breeding.

  2. breedingnoun

    The act of insemination by natural or artificial means

  3. breedingnoun

    The act of copulation in animals

  4. breedingnoun

    Ejaculation inside the rectum during bareback anal sex, usually applied to gay pornography

  5. breedingadjective

    Of, relating to or used for breeding.

    Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breedingnoun

    Etymology: from breed.

    She had her breeding at my father’s charge,
    A poor physician’s daughter. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    I am a gentleman of blood and breeding. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    I hope to see it a piece of none of the meanest breeding, to be acquainted with the laws of nature. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis, Pref.

    As men of breeding, sometimes men of wit,
    T’ avoid great errours, must the less commit. Alexander Pope.

    The Graces from the court did next provide
    Breeding, and wit, and air, and decent pride. Jonathan Swift.

    Why was my breeding order’d and prescrib’d,
    As of a person separate to God,
    Design’d for great exploits. John Milton, Agonistes, l. 30.


  1. Breeding

    Breeding is sexual reproduction that produces offspring, usually animals or plants. It can only occur between a male and a female animal or plant.


  1. breeding

    Breeding refers to the process of selectively mating organisms (typically animals or plants) with desirable traits in order to produce offspring with those same desired characteristics. This controlled reproduction often involves choosing suitable breeding partners based on specific genetic traits, physical attributes, or performance qualities, with the goal of improving those qualities in future generations. The breeding process can occur naturally or be actively managed by humans, and it is widely utilized in agriculture, livestock production, and pet breeding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breeding

    of Breed

  2. Breedingnoun

    the act or process of generating or bearing

  3. Breedingnoun

    the raising or improving of any kind of domestic animals; as, farmers should pay attention to breeding

  4. Breedingnoun

    nurture; education; formation of manners

  5. Breedingnoun

    deportment or behavior in the external offices and decorums of social life; manners; knowledge of, or training in, the ceremonies, or polite observances of society

  6. Breedingnoun

    descent; pedigree; extraction


  1. Breeding

    Breeding is the first EP by American indie band Dirty Little Rabbits. It was released on August 15, 2007, for sale exclusively through the New York-based record shop Looney Tunes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Breeding

    The production of offspring by selective mating or HYBRIDIZATION, GENETIC in animals or plants.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Breeding is ranked #6358 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Breeding surname appeared 5,358 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Breeding.

    91.6% or 4,913 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 193 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 130 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 76 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breeding' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4567

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breeding' in Nouns Frequency: #1908

Anagrams for breeding »

  1. beringed

  2. bigender

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breeding in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breeding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of breeding in a Sentence

  1. Lady Violet Bonham Carter:

    Outer space is no place for a person of breeding.

  2. Mark Twain:

    Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

  3. Aristophanes:

    You have all the characteristics of a popular politician a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.

  4. Claire Runge:

    A typical migratory bird relies on many different geographic locations throughout its annual cycle for food, rest and breeding. So even if we protect most of their breeding grounds, it’s still not enough – threats somewhere else can affect the entire population, the chain can be broken at any link.

  5. John Train:

    The herd instinct seems to be the strongest human emotion, one that the race is constantly breeding off as the mavericks are liquidated. Happiness is running with the crowd.

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  • تربيةArabic
  • ZuchtGerman
  • lisääntyminen, hedelmöitys, parittelu, siitos, siittäminen, kasvatusFinnish
  • reproductionFrench
  • प्रजननHindi
  • 育種Japanese
  • rangatiratanga, whakaaiaitangaMāori
  • совокупле́ние, сноше́ние, ко́итус, родосло́вная, размноже́ние, выра́щивание, осемене́ние, разведе́ние, воспи́танность, копуля́цияRussian

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