Main definitions of Labrador in English

: Labrador1Labrador2

Labrador1

proper noun

  • A coastal region of eastern Canada that forms the mainland part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Pronunciation:

Labrador

/ˈlabrəˌdôr/

Main definitions of Labrador in English

: Labrador1Labrador2

Labrador2

(also Labrador retriever)

noun

  • A retriever of a breed that predominantly has a black or yellow coat, widely used as a gun dog or as a guide for a blind person.

    • ‘Now veterinary scientists at the University of Liverpool hope to offer new insight into the disease by conducting research using Labrador dogs with a view to developing new treatments.’
    • ‘Our Labradors are not only beautiful show dogs, but are also take part in other activities such as therapy work.’
    • ‘The picture shows a number of Labrador Retrievers with their handlers, at the Labrador Retriever Club's Twenty-fifth Field Trials.’
    • ‘The Labrador is bred primarily as a working gun dog; structure and soundness are of great importance.’
    • ‘The research team is looking for adult Labrador dogs less than two years old that are showing early signs of elbow osteoarthritis.’
    • ‘The Labrador dog has much the same respect for man.’
    • ‘The early Labrador dog did not originate in Labrador Canada, but descended from former dogs of Newfoundland, left there years before, by European fishermen and settlers.’

Origin

Early 20th century: named after the Labrador Peninsula, where the breed was developed. The name Labrador dog had been applied in the 19th century to a much larger breed, similar to the Newfoundland.

Pronunciation:

Labrador

/ˈlabrəˌdôr/