Definition of "pet" []

  • An animal kept for amusement or companionship. (noun)
  • An object of the affections. (noun)
  • A person especially loved or indulged; a favorite: the teacher's pet. (noun)
  • Kept as a pet: a pet cat. (adjective)
  • Particularly cherished or indulged: a pet grandchild. (adjective)
  • A tame animal kept in a household for companionship, amusement, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who is fondly indulged; favourite (noun)
  • Kept as a pet (adjective)
  • Of or for pet animals (adjective)
  • Particularly cherished; favourite (adjective)
  • Familiar or affectionate (adjective)
  • To treat (a person, animal, etc) as a pet; pamper (verb)
  • To pat or fondle (an animal, child, etc) (verb)
  • (of two people) to caress each other in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking (often in the phrase heavy petting) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pet" in a sentence
  • "Some have pet dogs, some have pet cats: then why not a _pet quiz? _ ""
  • "No shelf of nature books would be complete without a volume examining the bond between people and those animal species we have invited into our homes—that rich, reciprocal process of domestication for which the term "pet" seems trivializing."
  • "My family, and a few friends, find the term pet sitter humorous, and a bit extragant."