baby blue

noun

Definition of baby blue 

1 : a pale blue

2 baby blues plural : blue eyes She's a zaftig woman, with long red hair and a pale rose complexion setting off those baby blues. —Michele Kort

3 baby blues plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a feeling of sadness that is experienced by a woman shortly after giving birth, that is typically accompanied by other symptoms (such as mood swings and loss of appetite), and that usually lasts less than two weeks Baby blues isn't an illness or even a proper psychiatric diagnosis, it is simply a way that people have tried to describe unpleasant feelings that occur shortly after having a baby and tend to resolve in a few days. —Jackie Ganley usually used with the a case of the baby blues

Examples of baby blue in a Sentence

She gazed into his baby blues. She had a bad case of the baby blues.

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Kate Middleton's younger sister Pippa Middleton was one of the first guests to arrive at the chapel this morning, dressed in baby blue for her newest nephew. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wears Baby Blue Dress for Her Nephew's Christening," 9 July 2018 Image Another favorite of the first lady, Gustave Tassell, appears on the packing list for a baby blue dress that Mrs. Kennedy also wore in India. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant," 3 July 2018 Shorts and a baby blue top with puffy sleeves came with draw sting. Washington Post, "Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair," 17 June 2018 In 2017 its Color of the year was Greenery and in 2016, two pale shades -- Rose Quartz (pink) and Serenity (baby blue) shared honors. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "PPG goes green for its 2019 Color of the Year," 12 June 2018 And while the post was cute and had fans in a tizzy over how two of the most beautiful people on the planet are still so much in love, others couldn't help but point out how similar Hadid's baby blues look to Malik's tattoo. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Confirmed: Zayn Malik's Buzziest Tattoo Is A Tribute To Gigi Hadid," 5 July 2018 Dua has been killing it with her on-tour style, wearing everything from her signature bra tops to last night’s pale pink leather shirt and coordinated baby blue leather pants from Pyer Moss. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa Posts About Wearing Necklaces to Bed on Instagram," 8 June 2018 Markle’s satin shoes are from Aquazarra, their soles a baby blue—perhaps a nod to the old age wedding tradition. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Chooses Stella McCartney for Her Second Wedding Day Look," 19 May 2018 The ceilings, painted by Antonio Verrio, show gods and goddesses in shades of bubblegum pink and baby blue frolicking above the Queen's Audience Chamber, the Queen's Presence Chamber and the King's Dining Room. Joanna Pocock, latimes.com, "Watching the royal wedding on the telly? Here's what you need to know about St. George's Chapel and Windsor Castle," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of baby blue

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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baby blue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baby blue

: a very light blue color

baby blues : blue eyes

baby blues : a feeling of sadness that a woman has after giving birth to a baby

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