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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Well, isn't that what you'd expect from the company with the longest pedigree in pet healthcare?
▪ The tomb assumption has a long pedigree.
▪ The reason can perhaps be found in the fact that company law as an academic discipline boasts no long and distinguished pedigree.
▪ This is a perspective with a long historical pedigree.
▪ Given her pedigree in the classical theater, it's not surprising that she wasn't happy working in Hollywood.
▪ A pedigree based on genes shows that the beetles followed their food.
▪ As a scientist, I am robed with degrees and academic pedigree.
▪ But the pedigree of this idea is beside the point.
▪ Even the doors, windows and their hardware have pedigrees.
▪ These pedigrees contain 123 cases known to have been affected, with 76 currently alive.
▪ Well, isn't that what you'd expect from the company with the longest pedigree in pet healthcare?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pedigree \Ped"i*gree\, n. [Of unknown origin; possibly fr. F. par degr['e]s by degrees, -- for a pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the relationship of families by degrees; or, perh., fr. F. pied de grue crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic genealogical trees.]

  1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.

    Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the truth of our pedigrees.

    His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree.

    I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes.

  2. (Stock Breeding) A record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "genealogical table or chart," from Anglo-French pe de gru, a variant of Old French pied de gru "foot of a crane," from Latin pedem accusative of pes "foot" (see foot (n.)) + gruem (nominative grus) "crane," cognate with Greek geranos, Old English cran; see crane (n.)).\n

\nOn old manuscripts, "descent" was indicated by a forked sign resembling the branching lines of a genealogical chart; the sign also happened to look like a bird's footprint. Form influenced in Middle English by association with degree. Meaning "ancestral line" is mid-15c.; of animals, c.1600. Related: Pedigreed.


a. 1 Having a pedigree. 2 purebred. n. 1 A chart, list, or record of ancestors, to show breeding, especially distinguished breeding. (from 15th c.) 2 A person's ancestral history; ancestry, lineage. (from 15th c.) 3 (context uncountable English) Good breeding or ancestry. (from 15th c.) 4 The history or provenance of an idea, custom etc. (from 16th c.) 5 The ancestry of a domesticated animal, especially a dog or horse. (from 17th c.)

  1. n. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]

  2. line of descent of a pure-bred animal

  3. ancestry of a purebred animal [syn: bloodline]


adj. having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal [syn: pedigree(a), pedigreed, pureblood, pureblooded, thoroughbred]


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Pedigree (Simenon novel)

'Pedigree ' is a novel by Belgian author Georges Simenon. It was first published in 1948. Simenon described the work as "a book in which everything is true but nothing is accurate." It is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's childhood in Belgium, spanning from the early years of the century to the end of the first world war.

An English translation by Robert Baldick was first published in the UK in 1962. This translation was reissued by New York Review Books Classics with an introduction by Luc Sante in 2010.

Category:1948 novels Category:Belgian novels Category:French-language novels Category:Novels by Georges Simenon

Usage examples of "pedigree".

Incidentally, a nectarine is not a cross between a peach and a plum but a fuzzless variety of peach with an ancient pedigree.

The French courtiers readily embraced a fiction which their sovereign thought it his interest to adopt: Perkin, both by his deportment and personal qualities, supported the prepossession which was spread abroad of his royal pedigree: and the whole kingdom was full of the accomplishments, as well as the singular adventures and misfortunes, of the young Plantagenet.

Marchioness of Steyne was of the renowned and ancient family of the Caerlyons, Marquises of Camelot, who have preserved the old faith ever since the conversion of the venerable Druid, their first ancestor, and whose pedigree goes far beyond the date of the arrival of King Brute in these islands.

Where birth is respected, unactive, spiritless minds remain in haughty indolence, and dream of nothing but pedigrees and genealogies: the generous and ambitious seek honour and authority, and reputation and favour.

Rosie Rasmussen had told him that somewhere in the house Boney kept a real Renaissance crystal ball, once actually used for skrying, first owned, Boney had told her, by John Dee himself, a pedigree for which Pierce would have to see a lot of evidence before believing.

I have assumed that a sketch of affinities falls somewhere between the catalogue of misreadings and the precise map of influences, that it is a necessary preliminary to the full-length study of the properties of the Chekhovian mode, of its full literary pedigree, and of the actual routes by which it entered modern literature and moved around within it.

It certainly carried the kind of historic pedigree that would please a British-Canadian lord, it was widely held with no control blocks that would have demanded premium prices, and it was a well and conservatively managed enterprise, ideal for the Thomson habit of acquiring companies that turned decent profits without requiring day-to-day involvement.

To use a high-class, pedigree, proven bull to inseminate large numbers of cows for farmers who could never afford to own such an animal was and is a splendid idea.

He is one of my clients, a burly farmer with a family of his own, a deep love and knowledge of pedigree cows and the same big grin, except that there are a few more teeth in it.

Inside city walls, dogged by strings of equerries sent with supply lists, and accosted by pedigree garrison captains who demanded to be billeted indoors, Lord Commander Diegan met harassed city ministers and strove to placate upset tempers.

Job or Ayud, a simple Curd, magnanimously smiled at his pedigree, which flattery deduced from the Arabian caliphs.

No one who examines the collected pedigrees of families marked by feeble-mindedness, can deny that it does appear at first sight to behave as a unit character, inherited in the typical Mendelian fashion.

With the progress of Mendelian research, biometric methods must be supplemented with pedigree studies.

Holly had got the information from Rinka about Fizzythe pedigree, the donor, the clinic.

Lex Salica, the Edictum Rotharis, and the Anglo-Saxon laws, so that we have here something like a pedigree of the custom.