blue law

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blue law

noun

: an old law that forbids people from doing certain things (such as working or selling alcohol) on Sundays

Full Definition of BLUE LAW

1
:  one of numerous extremely rigorous laws designed to regulate morals and conduct in colonial New England
2
:  a statute regulating work, commerce, and amusements on Sundays

First Known Use of BLUE LAW

1762

blue law

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

U.S. statute regulating work, commerce, and amusements on Sundays. The name is said to derive from a list of Sabbath regulations published (on blue paper or in blue wrappers) in New Haven, Conn., in 1781. Throughout colonial New England such laws regulated morals and conduct. Most lapsed after the American Revolution, but some, such as prohibitions against the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages, remain on the books in some areas.

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