Meaning of HYBRID in English


I. ˈhībrə̇d, substand -|bred noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin hybrida animal whose parents belong to different varieties or to different species, person whose parents belong to different ethnic groups, probably of non-Indo-European origin; akin to the source of Latin imbr-, imber offspring of a tame sheep and a wild sheep

1. : an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera ; specifically : an individual produced by union of gametes from parents of different genotype — compare crossbreed , mendel's law , mule

2. : a person or group produced by the blending of two diverse cultures or traditions

the cultural hybrid occupies a marginal position between two cultures

every civilized group … has been a hybrid — H.J.Muller


a. : one that is heterogeneous in origin or composition : composite

most of the tools are original designs or hybrids evolved from established forms — Victor Boesen

the vice-president is a hybrid in the government, being both an executive and legislative officer — Arthur Krock

b. : loanblend

II. adjective


a. : marked by heterogeneity in origin, composition, or appearance : composite

difficulties with normal English are … its hybrid vocabulary and the irregularities of English spelling — G.A.Miller

b. : being a linguistic hybrid

a hybrid term

2. : of, relating to, or resulting from the union of gametes from parents of different genotype

the high percentage of intermarriage, however, has made the population … racially hybrid — Current Biography

3. : having characteristics resulting from the blending of two diverse cultures or traditions

a remarkable hybrid culture in which Norse and Irish elements are inextricably combined — F.M.Stenton

III. noun

: something (as a power plant, vehicle, or electronic circuit) that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function

• hybrid adjective

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.