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 thea 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The dress, in a baby blue shade, is definitely something the fairytale princess would have worn should her story have taken place today, not centuries ago. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Wore an All-Blue Outfit and It’s Giving Us Major Cinderella Vibes," 9 Jan. 2020 How cute is this teal green and baby blue color pairing?! Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "9 stylish — and cozy — sweater dresses that are perfect for work," 2 Dec. 2019 Bustles and hoops and towering Marie Antoinette hair played a part; shepherdesses in loops and whorls of shell pink and baby blue, each swirling and twirling and waving what looked like a wand with a miniature straw hat on the top. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Blood, Money, Oil. And Clothes.," 30 Sep. 2019 Pictured was a two-toned burgundy striped shirt with the Adidas logo highlighted on the right sleeve in baby blue. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Rapids unveil 2020 schedule on same day new home uniforms potentially leaked," 19 Dec. 2019 Illinois residents can call and be screened for symptoms of baby blues, a mild form of depression that frequently occurs in most women after childbirth, as well as perinatal depression and postpartum psychosis. Dawn Reiss, chicagotribune.com, "‘There was no judgment. It was like she was hugging me through the phone.’ Where new moms can find the support they need in the Chicago area," 27 Nov. 2019 Shades of blue—namely baby blue—started out as a strong trend on the Emmys red carpet, but ultimately, pink and red emerged as the real winner tonight. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pink and Red Gowns Are the Surprise Trend at the Emmys," 23 Sep. 2019 Her all-pink outfit consisted of a long overcoat, a dress, and even a matching headscarf (which also included a baby blue and green pattern). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Wears Pink-on-Pink While Leaving London for Holiday Break," 20 Dec. 2019 The 21-year-old maharaja is offering stays in the baby blue Gudliya Suite, with proceeds helping women's charities. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Royal Homes Are Opening Their Doors for Travelers to Stay the Night," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of baby blue

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Baby blue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baby%20blue. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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baby blue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baby blue

: a very light blue color
informal : blue eyes
informal : a feeling of sadness that a woman has after giving birth to a baby

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