breeding (n.)

early 14c., "hatching, incubation; act of generating or producing;" late 14c., "formation, development, growth;" verbal noun from breed (v.). Meaning "manners, deportment in social life" is from 1590s (commonly short for good breeding), from the notion of "upbringing."

updated on August 04, 2017

Definitions of breeding from WordNet
breeding (n.)
elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression;
Synonyms: genteelness / gentility
breeding (n.)
the result of good upbringing (especially knowledge of correct social behavior);
a woman of breeding and refinement
Synonyms: education / training
breeding (n.)
helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community;
Synonyms: bringing up / fostering / fosterage / nurture / raising / rearing / upbringing
breeding (n.)
the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization;
breeding (n.)
the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring;
Synonyms: reproduction / procreation / facts of life
breeding (adj.)
producing offspring or set aside especially for producing offspring;
retained a few bulls for breeding purposes
the breeding population
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